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Related to hardware platform: Software Platform
hardware platformEach 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)