The interesting part that nobody seems to be talking about:<br><br>SERVER LITE<br><br>IBM said the new PowerPC 970 microchip is a "lite" version of its Power4 chip, which it launched last fall in its sophisticated computer server, code-named "Regatta."<br><br>The PowerPC can run 32-bit applications as well as 64-bit ones and is tuned for graphics, like some Intel chips, IBM said. However, it is not designed to run programs written for Intel chips.<br><br>The PowerPC has the same energy-saving attributes as the Power4 but uses only one central processing unit, not two.<br><br>The chip will be available in the second half of 2003 and be built in IBM's East Fishkill, New York, chip plant, a new facility that is currently doing test-runs and aims to ramp up into production on other chips later this year.<br><br>One analyst said the chip's attributes mean it would work well in the professional publishing sector, for high-end graphics and other media-intense tasks.<br><br>"This processor would be a great processor for a Macintosh," said Tom Halfhill, an analyst with San Jose, California-based In-Stat/MDR.<br><br><br>[color:red]What? I don't understand. What?</font color=red>
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