Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jun 2008 23:37 UTC
Apple We're continuing our detailed coverage of all the bits and pieces dripping from the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Fransisco. As you all might recall, Apple bought a chip company called P.A. Semi not too long ago, a maker of low-power PowerPC chips, fuelling rumours Apple might use them in its own products such as the iPhone and iPod. This has now been confirmed by His Steveness himself.
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not PowePC!
by krreagan on Thu 12th Jun 2008 03:53 UTC
krreagan
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2008-04-08

I doubt that Apple will use the Power arch again! My guess is that they will put the team to work on a Arm clone that's super low power and very fast.

Krreagan

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RE: not PowePC!
by tyrione on Thu 12th Jun 2008 04:14 in reply to "not PowePC!"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

I doubt that Apple will use the Power arch again! My guess is that they will put the team to work on a Arm clone that's super low power and very fast.

Krreagan


Time to market says otherwise.

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RE[2]: not PowePC!
by krreagan on Thu 12th Jun 2008 14:33 in reply to "RE: not PowePC!"
krreagan Member since:
2008-04-08

"I doubt that Apple will use the Power arch again! My guess is that they will put the team to work on a Arm clone that's super low power and very fast.

Krreagan


Time to market says otherwise.
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In what way? Apple has already had to come out and say they will continue the PPC support at P.A. for the Military, not their commercial products. I think SJ felt burned by Moto and IBM for their (lack of) support for low power and fast PPC processors. After all that has been the main reason given as to why Apple left the PPC arch in the first place.

They won't develop for a new PPC device in the foreseeable future. they may or may not continue support for their legacy products in the White Cat edition!, that is up to them.

Krreagan

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RE: not PowePC!
by torbenm on Thu 12th Jun 2008 07:38 in reply to "not PowePC!"
torbenm Member since:
2007-04-23

You are probably right that it will be ARM, but I doubt P.A. Semi will make their own core. More likely, they will design a SOC around an existing ARM core. They _might_ add some simple processors around the ARM core to make a Cell-like architecture, but I really can't see why they would need to -- the newer ARM cores should have plenty of compute power for iPhone-like devices.

What could be more interesting is if Apple wants to go into the micronotebook market (to compete with Asus Eee and the other newcomers). Putting MacOS on one such would be quite a selling point. If they do so, an ARM-based SOC at heart might not be a bad idea.

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