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    Whether these patents would hold up in court against a hybrid or emulation technology where the chip would convert x86(_64) instructions to native hardware instructions has yet to be seen. That would be a good way to "break out" of x86- you can write apps as you have up until now, or if you want extra performance, write everything in OpenCL, CUDA, or for the chip's native instruction set.

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    Transmeta would be the best example of hybrid/emulation technology holding up against any infringement (not to mention the many emulators out there). Intel couldn't touch them but transmeta on the otherhand was able to successfully sue intel for various power saving techniques to which they held patents on.

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    either way, there is much more in x86 than just the instruction set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by energyman View Post
    either way, there is much more in x86 than just the instruction set.
    Sure there is, there is also more then one way to skin a cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deanjo View Post
    Actually it is the other way around. SSE2/3/4 are instruction sets ion the hardware and are patented, not copywrited. Copywrites apply to written word (or code).
    It's copy-RIGHT, not copy-write.

    It's a right to copy something, not a "write" to copy something.

    For the same reason, things get copyrighted, and not copy-"written".

    Or is this some geek inside joke, like box->boxen?

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    I thought "copywriting" was the act of violating copyright

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