After almost 15 years of using Intel chips in its laptops and desktops, Apple announced it will be transitioning its computers over to use chips based on the designs in the iPhone and iPad.
This will mark the first time in years we’ll see high-performance designs based on RISC designs. RISC was a design philosophy developed in the early 80s to fix a lot of the problems in early CPUS. It was revolutionary, but in recent years RISC has been relegated to low-powered and battery bound devices while CISC chips like those from Intel and AMD dominate the high-end of computing.
But as smartphone chips have gotten more powerful, a debate has started over whether RISC is an inherently superior design. Apple sure seems to think it can use ARM-based RISC chips to make some truly powerful processors, but like everything in computing, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
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The Computer Chronicles – Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) (1986)
UNIX: Making Computers Easier To Use — AT&T Archives film from 1982, Bell Laboratories
The Computer Chronicles – PowerPC and PowerMac (1994)
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ACM A.M. Turing Award 2017: David Patterson and John Hennessy
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