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    {KOW}Spazed Banned

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    IBM hurt?

    http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,,1833126,00.asp

    IBM is now saying there was no reason for Apple to leave, that they could produce every chip Apple needed. Forget that there was still no G5 PowerBook or even the promised 3 ghz PowerMac(late by two years).

    While I didn't expect Apple to leave the PPC arch, I see why they did. Now IBM says they can meet every demand of Apple and then some. . .so why didn't they before?
     
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    Because they probably wanted more money than Apple was willing to part with. With enough cash, they could probably have overcome any issues with creating a low-power G5. Well, maybe not, but they could have done what Intel did, and started a new design, with components of the older Power series.

    But it isn't so easy; all these things take time, and money. Time may be what Apple wasn't willing to give IBM.
     
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    Still when they promise a clock speed and can't meet it in two years something other than money is the issue. The 2.7s are overclocked 2.5s.
     
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    I didn't want to bring that up if you didn't ;)

    The one thing I did like about the PowerPC 970 was the scalable FSB.
     
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    IBM couldn't produce a fast, low-power chip for the Apple laptops to keep up with the new generation of Intel powered machines.

    IBM is in no way hurting for business, however. Shortly before Apple left they secured a deal with Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo to use IBM chips in the upcoming console video game systems.
     
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    I know they aren't hurting for business, but none of the next gen consoles will be any good at desktop computing . . . they won't even do well as servers. So this does hurt IBM in the desktop/server market. Will they continue to make PPC based servers like they do now or will they shut down a plant or two to save money? Now that Apple isn't going to buy those chips in such large volumes what will happen to those plants?
     
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    They will probably have no choice but to reduce the chip manufacturing sect of the company. I mean, hell, they don't even use their own chips in their own laptops :lol: Granted that's because of Microsoft, but still...
     
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    I am pretty sure IBM sold its laptop division to Lenovo.
     
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    Wow, you're right. That came as news to me.
     
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    Computers are wonderful
     
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    As far as I know, IBM is still working on the Power line, just not as a desktop CPU.
     
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    They are moving over to the Cell/next gen gaming lines. Which can't be produced in the current plants. Or would at least require major retooling.
     
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    Doesn't IBM contract out a lot of its fab work to TMSC and other foundries?
     

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