cellphone-sized X86 PC motherboard potential OpenMoko platform?

Attila Csipa plists at prometheus.org.yu
Mon Jun 11 11:37:14 CEST 2007

On Sunday 10 June 2007 22:50, Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller wrote:
> And IMHO there is only a very weak relation between a processor's
> instruction set and its power consumption.

Not direct, but several strong points can arise from using a specific 
instruction set (presuming compatibility is one of the reasons you are making 
such a choice). The obvious are Thumb(2), the less obvious are the 
FPU/SSE/etc stuff. Much of the x86 code that the to-be developer wishes to be 
compatible with has been written with the preconception of a fairly powerful 
FPU (skype, voice processing, multimedia). Now, you could emulate these (as 
do many of the existing low-power x86 solutions, this is not exactly new, 
there are older generation x86 chips that need very little power), but it 
would be crippling performance. In the end, if you want to keep a comparable 
x86 performance without going to a several GHz clock, you would pretty much 
end up with a regular x86 processor optimized for consumption, which is what 
much of the VIA C series are. They try to be x86 consuming less power, and 
not being an ARM competitor which speaks x86, which many expect here. 

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