PWRficient Processor Family Announced (64-bit PowerPC)

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Hattig, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2003
    London, UK
    I don't need to say much here, apart from these are Socketed PowerPC (both 32-bit and 64-bit) compatible processors with a lot of high-performance integration, and per-customer customisation if required.

    Press Release

    Initial Processors

    Single Core @ 1.5GHz, 5W - 8W (typical):

    Dual Core @ 2.0GHz, 5W - 13W (typical):


    The Inquirer said that the latter achieved >1000 SPECint and >2000 SPECfp per core:

    The processors also include full TCP/IP offload, meaning greater performance, and the option of dual 10Gbit ethernet controllers on the processor.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004

    Let me get this right....

    This company licensed the Power architecture from IBM, and has produced chips with more cores, consumes less power and with more features than you can shake a stick at...

    Sounds like they've done a fantastic job!

    ...why haven't IBM done this? Maybe they'll get more $$$ from cell? Do IBM think the normal core setup of current PPC has had its day?

    My aim is to get a brand new top whack PM just before the Intels come out. Then get an Intel PB. I therefore get the most powerful PPC and current laptop technology. It's gonna cost an arm and a leg!

    Apple, please keep compiling your OS's to PPC indefinately!

  3. macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2003
    Cedar City, UT
    There won't be anything around soon:
    "It will sample in the third calendar quarter of 2006, with single-core and quad-core versions due in early and late 2007, respectively, and an eight-core version planned for 2008."

    I also didn't see any mention of Altivec - so I'm not so sure Apple would use one of these, tho I do understand these chips are modular. The POWER instruction set was licensed by this firm from IBM, but we don't know how much work it'd take to get one of these working inside a Mac. Yup, they're nice low-power chips focused on embedded systems (actually they're more like complete systems on chip), and if Apple does go the dual architecture route (both Intel and PPC) rather than a complete switch to Intel - I'm sure Apple will take a long hard look at these chips.
  4. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2003
    London, UK
    They have a full VMX unit, also licensed from IBM. That means it has Altivec.

    Yeah, it is a bit sad that they won't be around for another year. In the end you have to wonder how these chips will compare in terms of integer, floating point and vector operations with the Merom processor that Apple will be migrating to. Especially in terms of power consumption - the estimates on the Intel processor keep on going up, whilst this one has very low (estimated?) power consumption.
  5. macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    Maybe this will be Apple's go-to processor when they're still fumbling around with G4 powerbooks in 3 years...:p
  6. macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Sounds like some nice chips, too bad we are switching to Intel.
  7. macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    If this chip performs better than Merom or something I will just die. :rolleyes:

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