Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 9th Jul 2003 16:43 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y This article started life when I was asked to write a comparison of x86 and PowerPC CPUs for work. We produce PowerPC based systems and are often asked why we use PowerPC CPUs instead of x86 so a comparison is rather useful. While I have had an interest in CPUs for quite some time but I have never explored this issue in any detail so writing the document proved an interesting exercise. I thought my conclusions would be of interest to OSNews readers so I've done more research and written this new, rather more detailed article. This article is concerned with the technical differences between the families not the market differences.
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Re: Roy
by Bascule on Thu 10th Jul 2003 17:57 UTC

Intel has largely been able to stay ahead of Apple in the last few years because their fabrication and design capabilies were so far ahead of Motorolla. They still have an advantage in fabrication over IBM due to volume (higher volume = lower per unit cost), but technology wise, IBM is MUCH more competetive than Motorolla.

Umm... earth to Roy...

IBM is the #1 manufacturer of integrated circuits in the world

IBM just opened the largest, most advanced chip fabrication facility in the world:
http://www.internetnews.com/infra/article.php/1437171

IBM is already manufacturing ICs using a 90nm process:
http://albany.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2002/12/16/daily6.html