|Apparently, all the CPU
makers sat down and discussed this, and agreed that "They may
be last right now, but they have piles of cash. They could do this.
They really could."
So, what did the competiton do?
• Alpha tried to stay agressive, but didn't sell enough, so
they tanked. Bought by Compaq, then HP then sweet nothingness (see
• SGI and MIPS didn't know what to do. They made some noises
about shifting to the Itanium... Maybe. While still developing the
MIPS... Just a little. A very little. Now, as Netcraft confirms, SGI
is dying. :-)
• HP promptly shat their pants, threw their PA-RISC processor
platform (which was third fastest in the world at the time) out the
window and partnered with Intel, making plans to replace all HP/UX
PA-RISC machines with Itaniums. ...which is what they have been doing
for some time now, and loosing customers by the droves for it.
Because of acquisitions, they also happened to be saddled with the
best processor ever made, the Alpha.
Stick with dying Intel... Develop best processor. Hmm...
Well, you all know where HP is going.
• Sun, I'm sad to say, didn't ruin the Sparc platform because
of Itanium, but just by being their usual ineffectual self.
• The PPC consortium tried to press on, and did quite good.
Motorola was too obsessed with embedded chips, but even now, I personally
think IBM's "G5"s are very good, and believe they have
it in them to produce several new generations of kick-ass chips.
And then what happened?
Intel didn't deliver... and didn't deliver... and didn't deliver
Year after year passes...