|[2:00 PM] IBM Producing New Line Of PowerPC Chips
CBS Market Watch is reporting that IBM has unveiled a new line of PowerPC chips, targeted at the embedded circuit market. The new chips are optimized for Internet and communications uses. According to CBS,
The PowerPC microprocessors; ranging in speeds from 350 to 700 MHz, use IBM's advanced 0.18 micron copper wiring technology and incorporate 256K of high speed on-chip L2 cache, designed to enhance system performance and reduce system costs.
The new chips, reportedly, will be available in 5 flavors running at speeds of up to 700MHz. Pricing and availability for these new chips has not yet been released.
Be sure to read the entire CBS Market Watch article.
The Mac Observer Spin: The impact that these new chips will have on Apple, and their personal computing strategy is not yet clear. What is clear, however, is that IBM has again shown that they are able to produce shipable quantities of the PowerPC chip.
While speeds up to 700MHz does not excite anybody anymore, one most walk before they can run. Perhaps this will be an indication that the PowerPC chip will finally be ready for prime-time in a revamped Apple product line.