Proprietary Microprocessors Set to Extinct - Analyst

Power and SPARC Set to Die

by Anton Shilov
10/03/2010 | 07:05 PM

Microprocessors based on non-x86 are going to extinct, an analyst said. Servers chips from IBM or Sun have no business future, according to Jon Peddie, a leading analyst.


"They [IBM and Oracle] cannot gain economy of scale and they cannot support the R&D needed to stay current and meaningful," said Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research in an interview about the future of PC technology.

At present IBM develops its Power architecture processors to compete on the market of mission critical servers. Oracle creates Sun SPARC chips for the same reasons. Intel and HP are working on Itanium project. However, it looks likes only the latter is set to survive.