G4 Upgrade Unveiled, Macs Everywhere Rejoice

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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PowerLogix announced the first ever G4 processor upgrade, PowerForce G4, yesterday at the Seybold Expo. The upgrade uses Motorola’s Altivec Technology (a.k.a. Velocity Engine) and is available in 350, 400, 450, and 500 MHz versions with 1 Mb or 2Mb of backside cache. Which machines will be able to get their hands on this slick piece of processor, you ask? From the press release:

The PowerForce G4 will be compatible with the standard set of Apple PowerMacs from the 7300 to the 9600; Power Computing PowerWave and PowerTower Pro; UMAX S900 and J700; and beige and some B&W PowerMac G3s. Power Computing Catalyst-based computers (PowerTower, PowerCenter, PowerCenter Pro) at this point are not compatible with the G4 processor chip.

Price and availability of PowerForce G4 is yet to be announced and shipment is expected to start in fourth quarter 1999.

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