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Write Great Code, Volume 2 by Randall Hyde

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Appendix B. A Brief Comparison of the 80x86 and PowerPC CPU Families

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The CPUs from the Intel/AMD 80x86 and IBM/Motorola PowerPC families are the most popular CPUs found in personal computer systems and game consoles today. As such, more applications are written for these two CPU families than for any other. Although other processor families, such as MIPS and ARM, are quite popular in embedded systems, the majority of software applications are written for 80x86 or PowerPC CPUs. This is the main reason 80x86 and PowerPC examples appear in this book.

Another reason this book’s examples use code produced for these two processors is that they provide ...

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