C|Net is reporting that Motorola has introduced slightly faster G4 processors that should run cool enough for a laptop. This could allow Apple to release faster PowerBooks, but the processors clock in at only 1.42 GHz, 70 MHz faster than the 1.33 GHz processors currently offered in Appleis top of the line 17" PowerBook, and 170 MHz faster than the 1.25 GHz G4s in Appleis 15" PowerBook.
Thatis hardly enough of an increase to spark a new round of upgrades, but C|Net quotes an analyst with the Microprocessor Report as saying that G5s could be making their way to a portable sometime soon. From C|Net:
Motorola said it is now producing samples of a 1.42GHz PowerPC processor, a chip analysts say might soon find its way into the PowerBook, Appleis high-end laptop. Motorola said the chip has a typical power consumption of less than 20 watts, a level that makes it suitable for laptops. The chip also contains multimedia instructions that are required for chips that Apple bills as G4 processors.
"It certainly would be a fit for a portable Mac," Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron said. "Itis obviously up to Apple whether they would do that versus using an IBM (chip)."
However, analysts say that now that IBM has moved the G5 line to its 90-nanometer manufacturing process, a G5 PowerBook should not be far off.
"I doubt it would be later than July or August," said Peter Glaskowsky, editor in chief of Microprocessor Report. "If everything had been just on a slightly different schedule we might have seen them at Macworld."
Apple is already using that lower-power chip in its rack-mounted Xserve G5.
Thereis more information in the full article at C|Net.