XO-2 software plans
bert at freudenbergs.de
Fri May 23 12:00:24 EDT 2008
On 23.05.2008, at 04:54, Jim Gettys wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-05-22 at 19:28 -0400, Andres Salomon wrote:
>> If they put me in charge, I'd choose whichever CPU had the best
>> performance, lowest power consumption, and lowest price - regardless
>> of architecture.
> Change the ordering: power consumption and price (closely related to
> integration these days), then performance. FP required... That's
> drove us to the Geode. FP is essential for Linux software to "just
> work": I lived on the StrongARM with the iPAQ, and (almost) all free
> software signal processing code (e.g. all multimedia code) is written
> presuming a floating point unit. At the time, there were many chips
> whose spec sheet claimed you could get FP, but when you went to the
> vendor, the FP unit didn't exist. It's now 3 years later, so we
> have a
> number of highly integrated chips with FP units that are pretty low
> power to choose from.
> Note that power consumption drives price through the entire chain;
> kind/size of power generation you need, etc.
/me wants a graphics accelerator.
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