In the case in the CPU world where you basically only have two choices on desktop AMD or Intel.
So How Only Two CPU Companies?
I mean, with as many computers as there are in the world, you know, other companies want a piece of the action to understand why there are only two CPU options for your PC.
We Have To Go Back To The First PC
The original IBM personal computer from 1981. IBM chose the Intel 8088 CPU, To power the machine, which was based on the x86 instruction set.
This ended up being an enormously consequential choice as the IBM PC exploded in popularity and pushed lots of its competitors out of the market.
because it was a versatile, well-built computer that offered great value for money. At the same time,
This meant that software developers wanted to write programs for the IBM PC and compatibles that utilized CPU’s.
Meaning Intel quickly became a very powerful name in the microcomputer CPU space.
So powerful, in fact, that they ended up licensing out the architecture to other companies in order to keep up with demand without having to manufacture x86 chips completely on their own, but still make money.
Ironically, AMD was one of these licensee companies, and although Intel and AMD obviously remain rivals to this day, AMD still has an x86 license,
Which it’s used at various times to beat Intel at its own game.
Obviously, their rise in the lineup is the one currently giving Intel fits. But this was also true back in the 1990s when AMD started improving upon the x86 design and competing directly with Team Blue rather than just being Intel’s second source chip supplier.
Although AMD wasn’t the only licensee that tried to make inroads into the market.
They did have the knowledge and resources to become a serious contender, as they were already a publicly-traded company that had multiple chip fabs.
Other firms that had access to the x86 architecture, simply didn’t compete all that well.
One Notable Example Is Cyrix
Who tried to go toe to toe with Intel’s new Pentium lineup in the mid-1990s. Cyrix promised big-time performance, but their chips rarely delivered,
And they made an infamous mistake when they decided to focus on integer performance to compete with the Pentium.
At the time, Cyrix thought that the trend of most desktop programs using mostly integer-based processing would continue.
But what actually happened is that the low cost but powerful Pentium became so popular, developers instead coded for its floating-point unit.
So serious challenge didn’t last very long, and other potential competitors were typically late to the game compared to what teams red and blue were offering.
Think about how Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel, partly because Intel chips were simply more powerful per watt. And of course,
Next Major Innovation(Only Two CPU Companies)
The next major innovation in desktop CPU’s 64-bit processing was developed by none other than AMD, who subsequently cross-license that technology to Intel,
Paving the way for the modern era of x86-64 computing employed by virtually all modern PCs,
And making it even harder for smaller chip makers to get a foothold in time to be relevant.
Now, of course, because most of these issues revolve around the x86 architecture chip makers who have focused on other instruction sets have done quite well.
Qualcomm, you might have heard of them,
Is a huge force in the mobile space with its arm based chips. And Apple has made headlines recently for releasing its non-x86 M1 processor,
Which offers very impressive performance for Mac users. But if you’re a PC loyalist, I wouldn’t expect the duopoly to disappear anytime soon.
But don’t worry, at least this Red V/S Blue fight shouldn’t involve politics or frag grenades.
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