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    just posting from http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/...s/#entry341618
    Why we only have 2 companies making CPU's?:

    A: Well we have a variety of companies making CPU's. Just not x86 processors which Windows support (and recently ARM with Windows RT).
    So, I assume your question is why only 2 manufactures making only x86 processors? Well, it never used to be like this, We used to have VIA, IBM and others. However, they all could not compete with Intel, and got annoyed with Intel scare tacks to not renew their license of the x86 architecture patent (which is owned by Intel). So, they all stop making processors. Except for VIA. They have not officially discontinued making x86, but they pretty much stopped. As for AMD. Intel has no choice to keep AMD. Else Intel has the monopoly, and, much like Microsoft saving Apple back in 1997 from closing its doors, Intel would end up with a monopoly, which would make them impossible to sale their processor, outside of the United States, as nearly every country has a anti-monopoly law. (Also, it doesn't help, that Intel licenses AMD patent on AMD64, the 64-bit add-on on the x86, allowing the processor, to not only fully support 32-bit processes, but also 64-bit one).

    Intel if not interested in licensing their x86 to someone else, and no other manufacture is interested in working under, essentially, Intel control (ie: you make a processor more powerful then Intel, then Intel will threaten you of not renewing the license, like with AMD back in the old Socket 939 days, when AMD simply crushed Intel best offering.)



    Why only 2 companies making GPUs?:

    A: You do have more than AMD and Nvidia.. but all the others are focusing on specialty market. Like Matrox focuses on deliver graphic card for video walls (walls of screens). And of course, you have Intel, which OEM loves, because the GPU is a free one, making them pick that over Nvidia and AMD offering, as most of the consumer don't know any better, or care. Does it surf the web somewhat? Does it run Office? Is Windows experience somewhat smooth? And is the laptop or desktop the least expensive as possible, even though opening the box once purchased and seeing the produce in one peace, is a manufacture error (yea, I went there), then Good! They like it, and that is what they buy. Nvidia and AMD doesn't have a chance. That is why Nvidia started Tegra recently, and playing catchup with the big guys (surprisingly they are doing leap and bound at every generation.. I expect Tegra 5 to actually be kick-¤¤¤.. maybe not the most powerful of all of them, but most likely superb value for your money). What helps Nvidia with Tegra, is the company extensive knowledge on graphic card, and able to deliver graphic performance on a what it would otherwise be a weak chip, with excellent efficiency and low power. Also, Nvidia focuses more on Quadro and Tesla series graphic card, as this is where the money is.. not consumer products (not that it's nothing, it's pretty big, but not the main inputs of money). As for AMD, they are focusing on their APUs. If AMD can make their CPU in the APU more closely match Intel CPUs, then it would take the win and a massive increase in market share.

    You used to have a longer list of consumer gaming graphic card, if you will, back in the old days, but they all closed down, or got bought by other companies, or made them change market like Matrox. Bessie best performance, and value for your money, another issue was business models not working for companies, as a new business model had to be put that didn't exists from text books, or used by other businesses.

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    ask him to gimme a HUGE amount of money and i will start making processors :3

    anyway there are other manufacturers that produce CPU

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwan hasan View Post
    ask him to gimme a HUGE amount of money and i will start making processors :3

    anyway there are other manufacturers that produce CPU
    How much do u need?
    Why so Serious!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -RAKIB- View Post
    How much do u need?
    u cant imagine how much....

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwan hasan View Post
    u cant imagine how much....
    i don't think so.. at least it will b within my thinking range.. :/
    Why so Serious!

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    gimme 1 trillion $ i will give you worlds fastest processor. will find a way to speed up silicon upto 5.5GHZ

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwan hasan View Post

    anyway there are other manufacturers that produce CPU
    what is the name of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taher furious View Post
    gimme 1 trillion $ i will give you worlds fastest processor. will find a way to speed up silicon upto 5.5GHZ
    nah, u don't need that much, do u?
    Why so Serious!

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    nah... 10billion lagbe actually baki ~990b maira dimu

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    Quote Originally Posted by newgamer View Post
    what is the name of them?
    IBM
    HP
    Motorola
    SUN
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    VIA
    National Semiconductor
    Cirrus Logic
    ARM holdings(!)
    Texas Instrument....

    many of them might have stopped making CPUs though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taher furious View Post
    gimme 1 trillion $ i will give you worlds fastest processor. will find a way to speed up silicon upto 5.5GHZ
    intel already has 5.5GHz chip, but they won't release it anytime soon. they design their chips 5-10 years in advance and release them 1-by-1 to make more money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by redwan hasan View Post
    IBM
    HP
    Motorola
    SUN
    Apple
    VIA
    National Semiconductor
    Cirrus Logic
    ARM holdings(!)
    Texas Instrument....

    many of them might have stopped making CPUs though...
    never heard Cirrus Logic making cpu. they used to make graphics cards afair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kislam View Post
    intel already has 5.5GHz chip, but they won't release it anytime soon. they design their chips 5-10 years in advance and release them 1-by-1 to make more money...
    AMD has their 4.7GHz chips already.

    and about the 5-10 years, nope thats not true... i dunno where did u find this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by codename5302 View Post
    never heard Cirrus Logic making cpu. they used to make graphics cards afair.
    ok. i guess.

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