Since the IMB PC became the standard, any chips that weren't PC compatible became marginal and the popularity -> money -> R&C -> speed -> popularity cycle started.
Sure, but even if you have enough money you are still constrained by law of physics.
With mobile devices NOT being x86 compatible, we are seeing a resurgence in competition at the architecture level again for consumer devices
Sure, but will fast ring switching survive this push? I very much doubt it. Note that POWER (which actully slightly faster then x86 although more expensive) is also not all that fast with the context switches AFAICS.
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