AMD may bring the end to x86
AMD's ARM based Opteron will cause a major plate tectonic shift in computing.
AMD is enslaved by the x86 instruction set controlled by Intel's licensing restrictions. With ARM, AMD can finally break free and dominate.
AMD has everything in its own sleeves: CPU, ccHT (cache coherent hypertransport), embedded memory controller, GPGPU and the Fabric. With the advent of Windows for ARM, the world can finally live without x86.
In five years, x86's share on desktop and mobile will be substantially reduced. In ten years, x86 will be almost gone.