Intel partnership has farther reaching benefits

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Kid Red, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. Kid Red macrumors 65816

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    Interesting article talks about a home Media Center being easier to introduce with an intel chip. And additionally, Apple would be able to utilize RS232 control which I don't think was possible without Intel.

    So, one has to wonder, was the bigger picture selling faster macs or moving it's media domination forward into the next phase? I just found it strange how more doors seem to be opening all at once. Awesome times ahead.

    http://www.avrev.com/news/0605/7.apple.html

    Just a sample, more in the article.

     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Young man, have you any idea how old RS-232 is? It predates the personal computer by decades. Certainly every Mac prior to the iMac used RS-232. FWIW, the Xserve has RS-232. Exactly who do you believe Intel can do for Apple in the area of RS-232 that it cannot do for itself?
     
  3. cube macrumors G4

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    This is hype. Why would it be easier with an Intel chip than with one from Freescale?
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Apple got rid of serial ports a long time ago ... when they went with USB.

    Right now a good source for remote login to your machine is ethernet.

    Good sources for controlling external devices are USB, FW, and wireless.

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    It's not like the chipset has ever been a barrier to keep Apple from adding a serial port back to any machine.

    Heck they have I2S, USB, and PCI as prime places to drop a serial port.

    And on several machines external USB is now on a PCI-to-USB bridge -- so it's not even part of the basic chipset anymore.

    Secondly, you really don't know what is in Apple chipset anyway -- there is a serial port within the G5's K2 IO chip, and there have been many hidden features that we normally don't even know about inside Apple's chips (like a modem inside the UniNorth 2.x chip.)

    Stuff that may be there for debugging and prototyping and may get removed when a machine goes into production.
     

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