IBM Patent: x86-->PowerPC; Architecture A--> B?

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  1. j^aws

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    Okay this is an old patent filed by IBM, but it's assigned to a John Keaty, a senior member of the CELL design team and part of the ISSCC paper on CELL,

    http://www.beyond3d.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=421487#421487

    This very old patent below,

    Computer system supporting control transfers between two architectures

    is the ONLY patent assigned to John Keaty.

    I know this patent is very old but as the assignee is a senior member of the Cell team and even though it may not be connected to Cell, there are interesting possibiities at least! How about a x86 compatible PowerPC chip! ;)
     
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    ps3 backwards compatible with ps2 ps1 AND xbox..

    just imagine :) they already have nvidia in the pocket! :lol:
     
  3. j^aws

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    First thing that crossed my mind! :lol: :twisted:
     
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    Except they'd have to pay eleventy billion dollars to Microsoft in licensing that ability/claim. Maybe xbox will be profitable after all. :lol:
     
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    If Sony's PS3 is backwards compatible with the Xbox I think we will see Sony and nVidia go out of business ;)

    Now x86 comatibility would be useful for PC and Xenon ports though...
     
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  7. j^aws

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    You could be right there. This patent does smell of the phantom PPC 615 with hardware x86 compatability.

    Here's an old article with an IBM engineer claiming MS killed the PPC 615, prolly seeing it as a threat to its OS...

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/1998/10/01/microsoft_killed_the_powerpc/

    and an older Byte article on the PPC 615,

    http://byte.com/art/9406/sec6/art6.htm

    It will be interesting if this tech makes it's way into CELL and the rumoured PPC 615 successor (AMD involvement here?)...If this is realised then surely all IBM guns (STI) will be pointing at Wintel but more specifically Intel. Especially considering it's recent PC division sell-off, it's POWER everywhere initiative and CELL involvement. But this is nothing new as IBM always seems to get twitchy trigger fingers every 10 years! :p
     
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