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New But Sun is going with Opterons...
SPARC seems to be shrinking as an architecture. As you say, processor R&D is very expensive. AMD has a tough enough time battling Intel, I don't think they want to be seen as competing with IBM's POWER architecture too.

I just don't see an upside for AMD. I doubt that Fujitsu and TI pay anywhere near enough upkeep to keep SPARC a viable platform on their own.

But it would certainly be interesting if it came to pass. :-)

New In short...
"I see what's in it for you, but what's in it for me?"

I have come to believe that idealism without discipline is a quick road to disaster, while discipline without idealism is pointless. -- Aaron Ward (my brother)
New I don't have an answer for either of you.
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     I know this sounds funky... - (folkert) - (7)
         what would they sell without sparc? -NT - (boxley) - (1)
             No, you misunderstand. - (folkert)
         Why would AMD want SPARC? - (Another Scott) - (4)
             They resources to keep doing the R&D for it... - (folkert) - (3)
                 But Sun is going with Opterons... - (Another Scott) - (2)
                     In short... - (ben_tilly) - (1)
                         I don't have an answer for either of you. -NT - (folkert)

My schaden, it is freuded.
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