Motorola moving ahead with "G5"

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  1. gbojim macrumors 6502

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    Thought some people might find this interesting. It is from the latest RapidIO newsletter.

     
  2. cubist macrumors 68020

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    The 8500 series processors aren't "G5"s. They're dedicated processors for I/O boards in routers and other comm equipment. Very good too, at work we use a board with the whole SS7 stack running on the card. It runs at a whopping 70MHz.
     
  3. gbojim thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You are correct that they are embedded processors. However, Motorola classifies them as part of the G5 family.
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    But Motorola also hijacked Apple's naming scheme... :rolleyes:

    And it's doubtful Apple would classify it as a G5, since it wouldn't really be the next processor of choice to go in the PowerMac.

    But I think Apple may eventually decide to use an actual trademarked name, after having their naming scheme hijacked like the x86s.
     
  5. gbojim thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not true. Apple did not start using the Gn naming scheme until the G3 arrived. Motorola started with the 601 which was the G1.

    I agree that Apple will move away from the Gn scheme assuming they start using the 970.
     
  6. mangoduck macrumors regular

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    what sense does that make? following that logic:

    601 = G1
    603 = G2 (or maybe G3, since they skipped 602?)
    604 = G3
    G3 ...waitamin, 604 = G3??

    see?
     
  7. Mr. MacPhisto macrumors 6502

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    I kind of thought the "G" stood for Generation in regards to Mac chips. Thus:

    68000 Series = G1
    601 Series = G2
    750 Series = G3
    7400 Series = G4

    So we're on the fourth generation of chips for the Macintosh, approaching the fifth generation. As opposed to PC Generations:

    8088
    8086
    80286
    80386
    80486
    Pentium
    Pentium Pro
    Pentium II
    Pentium III
    Pentium 4
     
  8. gbojim thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It is not based on what either you or I may consider as logical. Motorla's identification is:

    G1: 601
    G2: 603, 603e and 604
    G3: 740 and 750
    G4: 74xx
    G5: 85xx

    This data is straight from the Motorola PPC roadmap.
     
  9. GeeYouEye macrumors 68000

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    For Clarification:
    G1 = 601, 604, & (IIRC) 603
    G2 = 603e, 604e
    G3 = 750
    G4 = 7400
    G5? = 8500?

    Edit: two seconds late, and not as accurate as the post above. Ignore me.
     
  10. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    As has been explained by others, the "Generation" naming scheme does not refer to the Macintosh. It refers to generations of the Power Macintosh. And since, the 601 and 604 are IBM products, it makes little even less sense for Motorola to name them anything.
     
  11. szark macrumors 68030

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    Actually, it's very logical if you look at the right information on the roadmap. Motorola classifies each generation by the process technology it uses:

    G1: 0.60µ process -- 601
    G2: 0.50µ process -- 603, 603e and 604
    G3: 0.27µ process -- 740 and 750
    G4: 0.15µ process -- 74xx
    G5: 0.10µ process -- 85xx
     

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