Linked by David Adams on Tue 27th Jul 2010 07:44 UTC
Intel An interesting article at Ars Technica takes a look at some compelling data (the longer-than-normal processor update cycles in Apple's personal computer lineup) and speculates that Apple's enthusiasm for its partnership with Intel might be cooling. Like Apple's soured relationship with once-BFF Google, this may be the result of Intel's increasing activities in the mobile computing space.
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RE[3]: PPC
by perfopt on Sat 31st Jul 2010 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: PPC"
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2010-07-31

PPC spades - upto a point.

IBM - Motorola - Apple had a joint development center in Austin. However, the direction each wanted to take with PPC differed.

I believe IBM wanted to focus more on high-end servers and did not see much value in throwing effort into PPC. Apple was interested in buying low-power client parts to fuel their cool Cube, iMac, and Laptop designs.

Motorola, the other company fabricating PPC, could not keep their fabs tooled for next gen processes. PPC was fairly low volume for them to justify investments I guess. They also had trouble delivering processors (G4 or G5) on time.

So yes PPC delivered in spades - but only certain markets. Desktops - yes in spades. Low-power laptop space - not so great.

Edited 2010-07-31 06:46 UTC

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