AMD against, not with Intel
In the previous part of our review of PC desktop sockets and platforms, we looked at the first 1.5 decades, from the 8088 in the IBM PC to the peak of the Pentium era. But hardware development knows no breaks and so our sequel starts at full gallop where the last part left off: In 1995, Intel presented Socket 7, the third and last substructure for its in-house fifth CPU generation, which was named “586 ” is called.
On the CPU side, it is remembered to this day for the introduction of multiscalar architectures and the first multimedia instruction set extension (MMX). Also, of course, because of the FDIV bug – a bug in the x87 FPU of early Pentiums, which is practically irrelevant for normal end users, but first the biggest shitstorm in the CPU world to date and then their biggest, theoretically, to date (” lifelong”) entails an ongoing exchange program. The Socket 7 successor platforms and the access of the competition to them have an equally persistent, but significantly greater impact on the CPU market.
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