There are on the Mac. When Apple switched to using Intel processors, they created what they call "Universal Binaries", which are Mac application bundles that include an Intel-compiled version and PowerPC-compiled version; when the user runs the app, Mac OS X will run the appropriate one compiled for the processor used in the computer. "Universal Binary" is the term officially used by Apple for this type of application; it doesn't
I'm replying to a 10 year old message just to say "and here we are again." It's 2020 and we're back to Universal Binaries so code can run on both Intel and the Apple Silicon. All the benchmarks show the Apple M1 running emulated Intel faster then Intel chips! Crazy.
I've heard Microsoft is making a version of Windows 10 for ARM too, with a regular desktop mode and an emulator to run 32-bit Intel x86 apps on ARM. It will be interesting to see where things go in the industry. If ARM gets more of a hold in the computer industry, I'm wondering how the custom-built PC market will be affected. I'd hope people will still be able to buy PC parts and build their own PC for a long time.
I think (and hope) that there will always be a market for the home-brew PC, build from parts. I think the market is strong enough that the manufacturers will continue to provide options, such as high-spec video cards, memory, motherboards and processors. My guess is that one of the chip manufacturers will release a line of ARM processors for this market -- if ARM really does catch on.
Intel seems to be in a spot of trouble at the moment, with one Hedge fund pushing them to outsource their manufaturing to other fabs... a new batch of rumors indicates they will outsource their 5nm i3 chip manufacturing to TSMC.
I wonder if Intel will simply become a brand name on someone elses
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