Apple & IBM, Part 2

rice_web

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Oct 25, 2001
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Part One rumors consisted of the PowerMac and G5 combination, Part Two concerns the iMac, eMac, and laptops.

Since the general concensus is that Altivec (in some form or another) is coming to IBM processors in a lite version of the Power4, but what stops IBM from putting these vector instructions into the 750FX--IBMs flagship PowerPC processor at the moment.

An enhanced version of the 750FX, or 750FXe (as I've already posted one time before) would be a great fit for the iBook, the PowerBook, the iMac, the eMac, and maybe even the classic iMac--if they do not discontinue it.

So, here are prospects for use of the 750FXe:

iMac:
- 1GHz G4
- 166MHz system bus
- PC2700 DDR memory

eMac:
- 1GHz G4
- 133MHz system bus
- PC2100 DDR memory

iBook
- 800MHz G4
- 133Mhz system bus
- PC2100 DDR memory

PowerBook
- 1GHz G4
- 166MHz system bus
- PC2700 DDR memory

But, here's the great part of this entire thing. All of these computers would use the same exact processor, with the iBook receiving an underclocked 1GHz 750FXe. This helps Apple buy in bulk and thus lower the price of their purchases, which could lead to more inexpensive eMacs, etc. The other fact, is that the use of DDR across the board also means cheaper memory (or at least from Apple's standpoint, they'll probably still charge us an arm and a leg).

One a note on the DDR memory, the 750FX fully supports DDR memory, so the 750FXe would likely do the same. Some might question the use of crippled DDR in the PowerMacs and a full implementation of DDR memory in the consumer and laptop products, but a better PowerMac using the 7470 G4 from Motorola or a G5 from IBM is likely on its way soon.
 

snoopy

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Jul 30, 2002
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I think there is a good chance IBM will supply the G4 for Apple at some point. There may be contracts with Motorola we don't know about, so who knows when it would happen? Since IBM will have their 0.09 process working next year, a G4 from them may go over 2 GHz. :)

Motorola is also to be getting 0.09 with their new partnership or whatever it is. But that is Motorola. Likely Apple's chips will be the last to go 0.09, if ever. :(

So IBM may be the Mac's brightest hope for the PPC chip family. :cool:
 

arn

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Apr 9, 2001
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Re: Apple & IBM, Part 2

Originally posted by rice_web

But, here's the great part of this entire thing. All of these computers would use the same exact processor, with the iBook receiving an underclocked 1GHz 750FXe.
I bet that a 800mhz chip is cheaper than a 1ghz chip underclocked to 800mhz regardless of any bulk savings we're talking about...

arn