Intel tries DSP again ... using a 'soft' approach
Launched in 1989, the Intel 80860 (i860XP) digital signal processor set a number of trends for the time but never really achieved commercial market success.
Notably, the VLIW architecture included a 32-bit ALU and a three-part 64-bit floating-point processor unit. (At the time, 16-bit CISC CPUs were still shipping in volume.) According to the folks at Answers.com and this writers first-hand knowledge, the i860 competed for market share...
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