History repeated as Apple slams chip provider

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. gerardrj macrumors regular

    May 2, 2002
    Way off base

    Apple is not "slamming" IBM. Apple is simply stating that IBM, like all other chip manufacturers, experienced many more problems when moving to a 90nm process for CPUs. IBM has the capacity, the drive and the willingness to build this chips at the volume Apple needs/wants.

    Contrast this to Motorola who's delays were not industry wide, who's drive to update the chips was nearly non-existent. The problem with Motorola was that Apple was asking them to be a leading edge manufacturer of general purpose CPUs when MOT was moving toward low power integrated CPUs for consumer electronics.

    Motorola didn't want to keep pushing clock speed, power draw and heat generation; these things aren't necessary or desirable in cell phones, digital cameras, microwave ovens, etc.

    IBM is a major computer manufacturer, they also want to be a world class CPU fabrication mill, hence the $3B investment in the Fishkill plant. Their delays are simply a matter of physics, not of politics.

    There is almost no similarity between the two production issues except for Apple being the computer company affected by the shortage.
  3. rjwill246 macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2003
    USA (often) and Adelaide, OZ
    Absolutely correct. These headlines are getting worse and worse!
  4. autrefois macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA
    I'm NOT saying this is the reason for the problems, but I can't imagine IBM is too upset by all this.

    When IBM couldn't hit 3.0 GHz as planned, they probably just watched the 1984 Super Bowl ad a few times, happy to be largely in control of Apple's destiny.

    Perhaps they e-mailed Steve Jobs. "Sorry, Apple. Seriously."

    In any case, I hope for Apple's sake that IBM is the first in the industry to really get past the current 90nm problems soon.
  5. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    Yeah, the Register tends to start flame wars. Although, they are a good place for news, sometimes.
  6. sjk macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2003
    Yeah, we're bombed with jadedly opinionated, emotionally over-stimulating media announcements and reactions.
  7. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA

    Has anyone heard this term used at all before this article? :confused: :confused: :confused:

    I just did a Google search on "athloon" and found a very small number of hits - all misspellings of "athlon". None of them referring to people that like to use AMD's chips.
  8. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    That's the Register's schtick. The wild headlines and silly nicknames are supposed to be a parody of the tabloids. Sometimes they seem to forget it's a gag.
  9. space2go macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2004
    Hmm if their mission is to trick people into thinking they are just yet another bad tabloid on the net they had me for the past few years...

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