The X-Box switches to the PowerPC and Apple switches to Intel....<br><br>Apple considers using Intel computer chips<br>May 23 - 07:52 EDT A story in The Wall Street Journal today reports that Apple is considering using Intel chips rather than IBM, its usual supplier, notes MarketWatch. "Two industry executives with knowledge of recent discussions between the companies said Apple will agree to use Intel chips, the report said. Neither company would confirm any change in their relationship. It's unclear what the impact would be on International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) , its longtime supplier, the report added." [ Email this story ]<br><br><br><br>
Interesting article about it in the NYTimes. The one issue raised that would probably mean this is more speculation that fact is the mountain of software that would have to be ported to the x86 architecture.<br><br>
Loc: New Hampshire
No Kidding.<br><br>Not only would all the software application have to be ported (or at least re-compiled) for the Intel platform, but then all software packages would have to be available for both. Every update would have to be updated for PowerPC and Intel. <br><br>Consumer confusion and frustration would set in for consumer buying new machines with new CPU's and older software than runs on PowerPCs and finding out the two don't work together.<br><br>My guess if there are serious talks with Intel providing chips it would be not to replace the PowerPC CPU chips, but to create new custom chips (like memory management) or generic GPU (graphics processing unit) chips. The GPU chips would off load all the graphics programming from the CPU and is inline with the direction that the Tiger operating system is going.<br><br>
Loc: Bay Area, California, USA
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>My guess if there are serious talks with Intel providing chips it would be not to replace the PowerPC CPU chips, but to create new custom chips (like memory management) or generic GPU (graphics processing unit) chips. The GPU chips would off load all the graphics programming from the CPU and is inline with the direction that the Tiger operating system is going.<br><p><hr></blockquote><p>This makes way more sense than anything else that has be speculated on. After all, Apple has been using Intel chips for years for all sorts of functions. Replacing their CPU with Intel though is just wishful thinking on the part of the Wintel/Linux fans.<br><br>Every time this rumour surfaces all the "Apple is doomed if..." types come out of the woodword .<br><br><br><br>
You make the most sense - not unless Intel retools to make RISC chips = nahhh not a chance.<br><br>Apple still is getting beat over the head about that megahertz speed thingy and it don't look like IBM is much help<br><br>
CNet's analysis of this report says that this is just a public slap in the face to IBM from Apple for not performing. CNet makes a good logical argument for this being a false alarm, saying that if it were true Apple would probably have sued the source of the report/leak.<br><br>So I wouldn't worry about it just yet...<br><br>-------<br>Aren't you a little old for post-modern nostalgic irony?
Calculated I hope<br><br>Moto already pulled the plug on CPUs, well Moto is like IBM very slow and lack luster performance on the upgrade scheme. Still even Intel have topped out and it seems that Intel needs all that speed for that processing the X86 ton of garbage.<br><br><br><br>
The more I read about this, the more it's obvious that <br><br>1.) Apple would only switch to Intel if they manufactured PowerPC chips. Why would IBM license the 970 to Intel? Doubtful. <br><br>2.) I am sure the Mac OS could easily run on Intel...in fact, it probably already does. But I doubt the big boys are going to do any big overhauls of their software. Apple's made them do it twice, and I don't think they're in the mood for a third time. <br><br>This is probably Apple just applying public pressure on IBM...like Cnet says. <br><br>
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