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In terms of pure performance (whatever that is),it looks like there will be a fairly close race between thePowerPCfamily and the Intel x86 family. The Intel-HP agreement promisesto make things even more interesting. IBM
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The Power PC, which is still used largerly in Apple'sMacintosh computers, was recently hit by news that IBM won't adapt itsOS/2 operating system to the Power PC. Exexutives at IBM, which producesits own version of the chip as part of an allience with Motorola and Apple,have also said the chip is suited to workstations, not desktop computerslike the Power Mac.
( by Quentin Hardy, THE WALL SREET JOURNAL, February 20, 1996, p.B9.)
IBM ThinkPad PowerSeries 820 and 850 Deliver High Performance ability to ...MobileUsers. (IBM Hardware Announcement 196028, February 20, 1996)
PowerPC603e 100MHz microprocessor; Graphics capability; Mobile memory up to48MB for the 820 and up to 96MB for the 850; CD-ROM, stereo speakers, andmicrophone; Optional video camera (for the 850 only).
Choice of operating systems:
AIX Version 4.1.4 for Clients; Windows NT Workstation 3.51 (PowerPC Edition);Solaris Desktop 2.5.1 (PowerPC Edition).
Powered by the PowerPC 603e(TM) 100MHz microprocessor, these powerfulnotebooks provide world-class workstation performance in a small, lightweight,mobile system in an innovative industrial design that offers palm-restspace.
This licensing agreement means the Mac industry is nowable to develop a wide variety of hardware solutions based on Macintoshand PowerPC Platform (or CHRP) systems. This parallels thePC industry, where different hardware components can be used by manufacturersto build systems.
"With this agreement, we enter a new era in our relationshipwith Apple," said Michael J. Attardo, general manager, IBM MicroelectronicsDivision. "Apple has been our valued partner in PowerPC developmentand defining the PowerPC Platform specification. Today, we moveforward to a relationship focused on enabling the industry for Mac OS."
"Licensing the Mac OS to IBM reinforces our business strategy of makingthe Macintosh platform available to a broader number of customers,"said George Scalise, executive vice president and Chief AdministrativeOfficer, Apple Computer, Inc. "IBM is already involved with us ina strategic alliance for the PowerPC microprocessor and the PowerPC Platformand has solid board and system manufacturer relationships worldwide thatcan be leveraged to proliferate the benefits of the Mac OS."
See also: MacOS Licensing Highlights
June4, 1996 : PowerPC Chips to PowerLow-Cost Electronic Products
IBM announced the PowerPC 401GFembedded controller, a chip with high-performance and low-powerfeatures designed for consumer electronics, communicationsand office automation products.
The PowerPC 401GF's low price of $13for quantities of 10,000 makes it ideal for network-centriccomputing applications such as Internet terminals and set-top boxes. Otherapplications include: mobile communicators, portable global positioningsatellite (GPS) systems, modems and digital cameras.
The PowerPC 401GF is the lowest-priced PowerPC,and is fully compatible with IBM's PowerPC microprocessors,providing product makers with one"technology architecture" that spans from low-cost embeddedcontrollers to powerful RISC microprocessors.
Without Strong Competition, Inteland Microsoft Won't Move as Fast...
It is a fact of life that Intel and Microsoft dominatetoday's computer industry. One can debate whether this is good orbad--indeed, it is both -- but the fact is unavoidable.
Microprocessor Report, Editorial by Michael Slater, March25, 1996
... and # 1?
The introduction of the PowerTower Pro line marksthe worldwide debut of the new PowerPC 604e microprocessor featuringbreakthrough performance and clock speeds of up to 225 Megahertz(MHz), making the PowerTower Pro the fastest personal computeravailable.
POWERCOMPUTING ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FASTEST PERSONAL COMPUTER, July 22, 1996
PowerPC:A Work In Progress. By Jim Seymour, PCMagazine
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