Re: IDT Centaur -> Too little, too late..

Alan Cox (
Mon, 18 May 1998 22:46:06 +0100 (BST)

> Reading over the specs of this chip makes it look like, basically, an AMD K5.
> Their big selling point seems to be that they are full of themselves that
> the die size of the chip is so small. One reason it is so small is that
> a lot of the x86 opcodes are all done in the microcode. How it performs
> in real-life, I have no idea but just reading their website makes me wonder
> why they even bothered to release a chip like this now.

It performs suprisingly well. Seems their "heresy" as they describe it pays
off. Its also really just a warm up for the Winchip C6+. Im looking forward
to seeing what one will do if Linux was optimised for it.

Its also (in the UK) cheaper than the equivalent performing Cyrix.


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