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Read up the history of AMD and Intel. IIRC, x86 technology was licensed from Intel by AMD so it isn’t exactly what is called reverse engineering.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86
Asad I already know the history even before I wrote the last post, the licensing you are are talking about about 8086 and 8088 chips back in original AT/XT time, under the same agreement AMD intordudced AM286 CPU,
excerpt from wikipedia
"but Intel canceled the agreement in 1986 and refused to convey technical details of the i386 part. AMD challenged Intel’s decision to cancel the agreement and won in arbitration, but Intel disputed this decision. A long legal dispute followed, ending in 1994 when the Supreme Court of California sided with AMD. Subsequent legal disputes centered on whether AMD had legal rights to use derivatives of Intel’s microcode. In the face of uncertainty, AMD was forced to develop “clean room designed” versions of Intel code."
“clean room designed” another word for “reverse engineered design”. then in 1991 AMD released reverse engineered AM386 CPU clone to Intel i386 CPU. and here we are in 2011 almost with phenoms and athelons etc all great grandchildren of “reverse engineered” AM386.
since 1991 Intel and AMD have their own unique manufacturing process.
ironically 64 bit architecture was pioneered by AMD which is licensed to Intel by AMD on which all Intel’s present chips are based on.
No matter how superior in technology AMD becomes from consumers its always gonna be one notch below Intel in terms of prestige.
I hava personally used many AMD based system for many years. but now i am on 100% pure intel due to the fact every investment i make towards new system i just make sure that system is also “hackintosh” compatible also, in hackintosh community its considered more pure intel hardware is then more easier it is to get the os x running on it and even for future os updates from apple. AMD based Hackintosh would require lots of patches to get running while the system with same specs using intel hardware would require none.