Hardware-platform meaning

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. CISC and RISC are the two fundamental architectures of machine instructions (see CISC and RISC). See platform.PLATFORM MANUFACTURER (USAGE)Current CISC x86 Intel, AMD, etc. (PC, Mac) IBM Z IBM mainframes Current RISC ARM ARM (phones, tablets, etc.) MIPS Wave Computing SPARC Oracle (originally Sun) Previous CISC 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 Previous RISC 88000 Motorola (DG, Encore) PA-RISC HP workstations, servers Alpha HP servers PowerPC Apple, IBM, Motorola i860 Intel (Stratus)
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