IBM releases new PowerPC chips


IBM releases new PowerPC chips

Antony Savvas

IBM has unveiled two new PowerPC chips. The news comes after Apple’s recent announcement that it was dropping PowerPC processors in favour of Intel chips.

The new PowerPC 970MP is a dual-core version of the PowerPC 970FX, which is known as the G5 processor in Apple’s PowerMac and iMac machines.

Dual-core chips contain more than one processor on a single piece of silicon to boost data processing performance. 

IBM has also unveiled a low-power version of the 970FX chip for laptop computers, which need to conserve battery power.

Apple, which is currently the main customer for PowerPC chips, will start migrating to Intel processors next year. The full switch will be completed in 2007.

Apple has not said whether it will use the new PowerPC chips in its machines.

When Apple announced its switch to Intel, it said it was impressed with Intel's roadmap to introduce low-power and dual-core solutions.

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