RISC or CISC

The Race Is On! But What's In A Name?

CISC or RISC? Terms long familiar to the computer industry are now gaining significance in the popular press as users become more knowledgeable. The concepts of CISC (Complex Instruction Set Computers) are the very heart of our existing systems. Complex Instruction Sets allow us the flexibility to perform a multitude of applications using the same architectural configurations and yet that flexibility has a down side as well. Flexibility typically must trade with speed because of the permutations of instructions possible. On the other side, however, is the speed which is touted by the RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computers) chip manufacturers.
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