The death of the x86 architecture, which uses the Cisc (complex instruction set computer) instruction set, has been postponed for at least a few decades. Processors based on a simpler reduced instruction set computer (RISC), such as the IBM PowerPC chips used in Apple machines in the 1990s and early 2000s, seemed promising for a long time, but in the end Intel and AMD x86 processors took longer on computers – or so has hitherto been thought.
Mobile devices such as phones, tablets, PDAs, music players, digital cameras, and numerous other portable and miniature devices use risc processors based almost exclusively on arm architecture. Their most significant advantage over x86 processors is their much lower power consumption.
Recently, arm CPUs have once again shown clear signs of rise, even in servers and even the most demanding computing jobs. The Apple M1 is not a particularly new processor in terms of architecture. It’s practically the Apple A14 system chip used in the iPhone 12, but in a larger, bodied version.
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