IBM confirms 90 nm yield issues

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by klaus, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. klaus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 4, 2004
    In a conference call, IBM confirmed that they are having difficulties with the yields for the 90 nm processor technology.

    This is causing a delay for several demanding companies, including Apple, for its Xserve's (and probably new powermacs as well)

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  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The rest of the discussions are somewhere aroung page 60 on at ARS -- with the more recent news on page 61.
  3. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Here we go again, so i guess this means a year of no G5 progress just like we had with Moto who by the way just had another year of motostagnation. Apple scratches its head and says why are we loosing more and more market in a growing economy. They should have went with AMD and or Intel. Chip makers that can make chips, that can advance chips. God this sucks.
  4. MorganX macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    Keep in mind, Intel may not be having yield problems, but they're definitely having power consumption (leakage) problems with their 90nm process as well.
  5. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ

    So I guess this suggests no high end 90nm speeds anytime soon, but what about sub 2GHz 90nm for the PBs?
  6. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Ok, I'd like those few people who seemed to think the lack of Power Mac and G5 Powerbook updates were some sort of personal insult, just because Apple hates its own customers, to apologize now. You can complain that Apple may have backed the wrong horse, but it's not like Apple can control what IBM does wrong, and this is no doubt where the supply problem is coming from.

    Although I really don't think this is in the same league as Motorola. There's a difference between poorer-than-expected yields, and just not doing any significant new development on a promising chip line (not to mention reducing production capacity).

    I'd like to point out that Intel hasn't exactly been doing wonders with their architecture recently, either--when was the last big P4 boost you remember? 3.0 to 3.2GHz? 3.2 to 3.4? Not what I'd call impressive.

    AMD does seem to be doing better, but it'll be interesting to see how fast the G5 scales once IBM gets the glitches worked out. Don't forget that they've got Microsoft waiting as a customer, too!
  7. benixau macrumors 65816


    Oct 9, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    The irony in this is KILLING ME.
    MS wants a chip that apple helped design.
    BTW - sony + nintendo are all interested in it too.
  8. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Dude, you make me so sick... you don't even know what youre talking about half the time. IBM makes AMD's chips.
  9. JamesDPS macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2004
    Irvine, CA
    Wow DHM must really hate life... so much negativity here all the time; isn't there some kind of or somewhere that would be more uplifting for him? Or maybe zoloft would help...

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