[fpc-devel] FPC related fairy tale

Sven Barth pascaldragon at googlemail.com
Fri Oct 19 16:04:56 CEST 2012

Am 19.10.2012 15:47, schrieb Mark Morgan Lloyd:
> Sven Barth wrote:
>>> To my surprise I've got an Alpha system, but my understanding is that
>>> nobody's making silicon any more. Since Chinese manufacturers appear to
>>> have settled on MIPS as their non-x86 of choice, I don't see much future
>>> for it.
>> That nobody is producing Alpha (or Alpha-like) chips anymore is the
>> biggest problem with it. So only have legacy devices and emulators to
>> work on...
> Much as I respect venerable antiques, if nobody's using it and having an
> FPC port isn't going to encourage use I see little point in the effort.
> SPARC is live- although Oracle are being aggressive in their attempts to
> make it a closed system for their turnkey products. MIPS is alive,
> courtesy of the Chinese who- I'm told- are now shipping good-value kit.
> 68K is alive thanks to Coldfire etc. IA-64 is alive but on life-support.
> IBM mainframes are alive, thanks largely their support for Linux.

For MIPS it's not only the Chinese. MIPS CPUs are used in quite some 
current TVs together with ARM. Especially Samsung is rather prominent 
here (on both flavors runs Linux).


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