Motorola Reveals PowerPC Plans

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Posted on Motorola’s site is the new roadmap for PowerPC performance and features. Motorola’s latest PowerPC processor currently in Apple’s Power Mac G4 will reach speeds of up to 1 GHz. In addition, Motorola said it plans to move the G4 from the current copper-fabrication process to a silicon-on-insulator technology. Future chip architecture will feature an extensible architecture, a new data pipeline and a new bus structure. Motorola’s document says that this processor will be available in 32 and 64 bit products, with “backwards compatibility.” I assume this means the chip will be capable of running 32 bit applications. If this is the case, Intel must be sweating it due to a lack of a serious market-ready OS for their 64 bit chip, Merced.

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