Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Dec 2006 21:35 UTC
IBM Judging by details revealed in a chip conference agenda, the clock frequency race isn't over yet. IBM's Power6 processor will be able to exceed 5 gigahertz in a high-performance mode, and the second-generation Cell Broadband Engine processor from IBM, Sony and Toshiba will run at 6GHz, according to the program for the International Solid State Circuits Conference that begins February 11 in San Francisco.
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RE: Uh-Oh
by Rayz on Sat 30th Dec 2006 07:17 UTC in reply to "Uh-Oh"
Rayz
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2006-06-24

Well, Apple would still have to pay for the custom work they needed to make PPC derivatives run on laptops. The Mac market just isn't big enough for IBM to do the work for free (I think MS pays for the custom chip work on the XBox360). They would also still have to design the motherboards and stuff, which they don't have to do with x86; they use any box-standard motherboard.

And of course, x86 is still the best way to run Windows, which has certainly helped with the Mac's popularity.

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