Hows Freescale Coming?

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  1. runninmac macrumors 65816

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    I havn't heard alot about the freescale DualCore G4 in a while. Does anyone know when it will be relased or if apple's even gonna use it and what the prosessers speed is gonning to be? What lines will it be used in?
     
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    Good question, that subject has completely fallen off the table recently (somewhat overshadowed by the Tiger anticipation). I would dearly love to be able to buy a dual-processor or dual-core G4 PowerBook, but Apple seems hellbent on waiting it out for the G5. I think that's a big mistake but then I'm not calling the shots. I can say I have a few thousand dollars burning a hole in my pocket that I will not be spending on a single-CPU G4 at today's speeds and restricted bus speeds. If they keep waiting and waiting and finally come out with some 1.6-2.0 GHz G5 PowerBook late next year, it's going to be pretty underwhelming.
     
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    Apple needs the dual-core G4 to remain competitive and keep their portable lines from falling behind. Let's hope they will be able to utilize this technology sooner rather than later.
     
  4. auxplage macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, as many have mentioned, a dual-core G4 would be vastly superior to a single core G5 at the same clock speed while consuming less power.
     
  5. cube macrumors G4

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    Who says Apple is waiting for the G5? MPC8641D won't sample until H2 2005.
     
  6. maxvamp macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting comment. Could you provide a link to the source?

    Thx.

    Max.
     
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  8. runninmac thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How much power does a G4 chip used in the 'Books consume?
     
  9. gwimby macrumors member

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    I think its still to early to tell if the dual core G4 will make it apples way.
    It looks to be one heck of a chip though, with it integrating the northbridge,
    memory controller, I/O all onto the same die as both of the cores.
    All very low power and very fast bus speeds, like amd's hyper transport.

    Some one here at macrumors was saying that they knew someone at freescale,
    and that they had heard very little on this project.
     
  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Slightly OT, what's the least with those Cell processors as well? The PS3 is going to be getting one, how about a Mac? :cool:
     
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  12. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

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    i think he's talking about the current generation (7447a), not the e600.
     
  13. Cold_Steel macrumors member

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    Memory controller

    Freescale with an Integrated memory controller...gonna be like an Athlon 64 chip . Dual-core should fly especially when using mutli-threaded apps and memory intensive stuff like photoshop.


    Matt
     
  14. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    So that article says that the 7448 should be sampling now. They'd make a nice update for the powerbooks, getting up to 200Mhz for the FSB and doubling the L2 cache. Hopefully we'll see that soon, and dual cores in the fall or early next year.
     
  15. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Hopefully sooner rather than later...
     
  16. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    I'm trying to be realistic. I don't think Apple is going to dramatically change the pace of upgrades, meaning we've got a couple months at least before the next one, and the better part of a year before the one after that.
     
  17. maxvamp macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know. There have been times in the past where Apple has been able to pull an unannounced rabbit out of Moto's hat. On the flip side, there have been times where Moto has had serious limits on a design and done little to try to fix it.

    I think I will hold the stance of wait and see, but I know I will not be buying my PBook if all Apple can produce is a marginal speed increase. Too much money for too little speed.


    Max.
     
  18. JRM PowerPod macrumors 6502

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    Checkout www.macshrine.com.

    Gee they've got good insider knowledge :p

    Next thing they'll be reporting G6 Mac mini's
     
  19. mvc macrumors 6502a

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    Very plausible, I'm sure. Talk about left-field! If that lot was on MacRumors, it would be about page 6 :p
     
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I'm predicting page 10... :cool:
     

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