It seems like it should be possible to bypass the translation layer on Transmeta chips, but you'd probably need internal Transmeta documentation to write any code for it. More generally, I suspect the reasons for strictly supporting translation include:Quote:
Makes me wonder... if x86 is such a bad thing, why has nobody yet produced an x86 chip where you can switch off the translation layer?
- The target internal instruction set(s) being heavily optimized for the purpose of quickly running translated x86 programs on a specific microarchitecture, and thus not terribly suitable for direct use
- Intel/AMD/etc. not wanting to reveal those internal instruction set(s) to competitors
- Intel/AMD/etc. not wanting to provide the additional documentation, support, and testing that would be needed to make a "native mode" useful
- Intel/AMD/etc. not wanting to create a situation where they end up having to extend support for another entire instruction set in every chip because too many customers start to depend on its presence