Tuesday, July 06, 2004

PowerPC Emulation on IA32 Hardware

File this one under "Cool But Impractical Technologies" - PearPC is a PowerPC emulator which can run at anything from 400 to a mere 40 times slower than the real thing! Yes folks, now you too can use your 3GHz Pentium 4 boxes to emulate a PowerPC running at 77MHz!

Anyone serious about working with the PowerPC platform would likely be better off just getting a secondhand G3 iMac off Ebay or something. As a theoretical exercise this really isn't that awe-inspiring, as any Turing machine should be able to emulate another, given enough memory; still, there's a certain amusement factor to knowing that someone went to all that effort to actually implement such a thing.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you are a mere idiot who thinks every technology should work properly at first.

March 22, 2005 at 8:10 PM  

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