Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Feb 2007 21:56 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Remember PA Semi? The company has just released, as promised, its first chipset. "They are full 64-bit PPC, support virtualisation, and would do Alitvec but that name is copyrighted by Freescale. Instead they do 'VMA'. The three parts run at a max wattage of 25, 15 and 10W for the 2.0, 1.5 and 1.0GHz parts respectively, with typical wattage listed at 13, 8 and 6W. The individual cores are said to have a 7W max and 4W typical power consumption at 2.0GHz." PA Semi was one of the prime reasons why Ars's John 'Hannibal' Stokes doubted Apple's reasoning for the switch to Intel.
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Is there only desktop/notebook world?
by -pekr- on Tue 6th Feb 2007 08:34 UTC
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While I mostly agree to what others say here, sometimes some views as Rayiner's seem a bit of narrow minded. I know you were talking about Apple switch, but all that discussion just seems like there is only desktop/notebook market.

We designed our own CCD astronomical camera, based upon Ubicom chip. Do you know, that that company sells probably hundreds of thousands of those "network cpus" to specific niche market and does well?

We design also kiosks. We use min-itx boards. Why not to use VIA C7? It either does the job, or does not.

Big Lexmark printers we use here do sport PPC CPU. How many printers is out there? Would you put latest and greatest Intel Core Duo inside? Surely not, if you don't want your printer to render for you in the mean time :-)

I think, that with UMPC market coming, with today's rising amount of devices being network aware (printers, routers ...), there is enough of market for PA doing well imo. Or you think their management are so stupid, that they only had Apple market in mind, when they started, and now will go bankrupt?

Also statements like "Intel..., coming out in Q2 ..." sound kind of funny. If you build and plan your solution, you have to have something in your hand, now, or even better - pretty much ahead :-)


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Yes, I'm aware there is something outside the desktop/laptop market. We have some applications at work (doing real-time signal processing in radios) where a chip like this would be ideal (low-power, fast FP, vector instructions).

But, I was talking specifically in the context of Apple. For Apple, there is nothing outside the desktop/laptop market.

As for Intel's scheduled product releases, I should point out that this chip won't be shipping in volume until Q4. Again, if you need a couple for a specific application, that doesn't matter to you, but if you're Apple, a chip doesn't exist unless you can ship a million of them per quarter.

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