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hardware platform

Each hardware platform, or CPU family, has a unique machine language. All software presented to the computer for execution must be in the binary coded machine language of that CPU. Following is a list of the major hardware platforms that have been manufactured over the years. See platform.

CISC CHIPSPlatform  Manufacturer (Usage)

 x86       Intel, AMD, Cyrix (PCs)

 Itanium   Intel

 68K       Motorola (earlier Macs)

 VAX       Digital's mini series

 S/360     IBM mainframe

 S/370     IBM mainframe

 S/390     IBM mainframe

 AS/400    IBM midrange/System i

 S/36      IBM old mini/System/36

 Non-Stop  Tandem (fault tolerant)

 Unisys    Unisys mainframes

 PDP/11    Digital's 1st mini


 RISC CHIPSPlatform  Manufacturer (Usage)

 ARM       ARM (phones, tablets, etc.)

 88000     Motorola (DG, Encore)

 MIPS      MIPS (SGI, Tandem, etc.)

 SPARC     Oracle (originally Sun)

 PA-RISC   HP (workstations, servers)

 Alpha     HP servers

 PowerPC   Apple, IBM, Motorola

 i860      Intel (Stratus)
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