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Analyst: G5 speed bump with 970fx likely

updated 05:10 pm EST, Mon December 22, 2003

Analyst on G5 speed bump

IBM is said to be ready to deliver a new version of its PowerPC processor to Apple by the end of this year, in time for a , reports Forbes. "The main improvement to the PowerPC chip, known internally at IBM as the PowerPC 970fx, will be a reduction of the features on the chip itself, from sizes of 130 nanometers to 90 nanometers." Apple CEO Steve Jobs has gone on record saying that the G5 computer will contain PowerPC chips that run at 3 GHz by the summer of 2004. Systems with chips as fast as 2.6 GHz would be a logical mid-step come January, says industry analyst Peter Glaskowsky, "speeds of 2.4 to 2.6 GHz would be consistent with exactly where I would expect them to be right now."




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    big deal

    But where does the meat go?

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    WOOOO!

    number fackin' one! eat it fackers!

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    G6

    I read a tech brief outlining a 12 month cycle for the G5 followed immediately by the G6 and an 18 month cycle. That would put the G6 in Q2 of 2004. Has anyone else heard this? I don't want to upgrade in March and find out I was 3 months early of a major upgrade.

    Mark Houck
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    Steve and Predictions

    A thought.. Steve Jobs and Apple lost a lot of face, and indeed a lot of money, failing to follow through on promises for future releases. Given that, I imagine they are extremely careful about such promises. With that in mind, I suspect Steve himself would never have said "3 GHz within a year" unless there was a chance they could get there sooner. I will not be hugely surprised to see machines very near, or at, 3GHz at Macworld in January.

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    powerbooks...

    doesn't smaller chips usually equal laptops? I know heat and power consumption are the other two concerns, but a jump from 130 nanometers to 90 nanometers sounds like a logical step to g5 powerbooks.

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    Re: WOOOO!

    There is nothing more pathetically funny than some doofus taking the time to say "first post" or, in this case, "number fackin' one! eat it fackers!" only to find that, in fact, he is numero dos.

    Dos, dos, dos. Whadda maroon.

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    interpretation

    I thought s/he was saying that Apple was "number facking one".

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    Credit Card ready...

    and here's to hoping for a display refresh..although if there isn't one it won't nix my plans.

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    Yeah

    But where does the meat go?

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    The meat goes here!

    The meat goes here: www.meatshake.com

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