View Full Version : IBM and AMD team up?

Jan 8, 2003, 12:58 PM

Seems they are pooling their resources together for chip making...

IBMs PPC970 + AMD's Hyper Transport come to mind :)

Jan 8, 2003, 01:13 PM
Sweeeeet! Can't wait for those 0.045 micron chips! I really think IBM + AMD can give Intel a run for their money. And so the new battle lines are drawn:

Linux+OSX / IBM+AMD vs. Windows / Intel

Or basically, WinTel vs. everybody else.

Jan 8, 2003, 01:41 PM
AMD and another other chipmaker besides Intel will need all the resources they can muster to compete against the behemoth. Intel's current strategy is essentially to outspend, out-research, and out-innovate in hope that its rivals can't catch up. Read the article here (http://www.fortune.com/fortune/technology/articles/0,15114,389949,00.html).

The Register article doesn't specifically say what AMD and IBM will actually do together, but pooling resources to take on a common foe isn't exactly a bad idea. As for how this will affect Apple, I can only hope this will somehow lead to narrowing PowerPC's performance chasm (it's way too wide to be called a "gap") against vs. the Pentium.

Jan 8, 2003, 06:52 PM
If this will allow apple to close the gap between themselves
and Intel, then yay. Both AMD and IBM are good chip
manufacturers. Together I think they could beat Intel. I
hope they can ;)

Jan 12, 2003, 10:38 AM
from a manufacturing process, IBM has everyone beat.

They make some chips that no one else in the world can manufacture.

The ones that come to mind are the I/O chip in the profusion chipset from intel. What was funny is it has a big ol' COMPAQ on it, yet IBM was the only company capable of manufacturing it, it was that complex.

AMD has been a big supporter of a lot of IBM technology such as Silicon on Insulator (SOI), Low-k Dialectic, some new stuff like strained silicon too. that's probably why they teamed.

I doubt we're going to see higher end tech like hyper-transport and PowerPC 970 combine. The main announcment was for power saving technologies.

Maybe this could be a new PowerPC chip, but for future powerbooks while the 970 is for the desktops?