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[News] IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC RoadmapANN.lu
Posted on 02-May-2001 11:36 GMT by Christophe Decanini8 comments
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IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 1 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 01-May-2001 22:00 GMT
Glad to see there is a roadmap for that processor family. But the only real interesting things that was mentioned is not available now, but planned for the 'future'.
Well, seeing is believing. And it will be interesting to see to which level the other processor families have reached, by the time that the planned PPC models materialize sometime in the future (IF they becomes reality). And it will be interesting to see what price/performance ratio they will have. The only interesting PPC processor of today, the 'top of the line' G4 (the only one not obsolete for desktop purposes) has features and a maximum performance that in some areas can compete with the mainstream AMD/Intel processors, but to a much higher price. Price/performance is important. And 'price' have a close relation with 'volume'. The real volume is found only in x86 ...
IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 2 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Christophe Decanini on 01-May-2001 22:00 GMT
For most of us a 500 mhz G3 is not obsolete and won't be before long if we have a PPC AmigaOS. What is important is availibility of a CPU range (low cost G3 to high end G4) and software. If this range can keep up with X86 moves it is OK even if it is not reaching the same volume. I'am sure that If we had no intel competitiors X86 CPUs would be much more overpriced. Has AMD has a better chance to survive in this agressive market than IBM/Motorola ? I don't think as they have been already close to bankruptcy(?). The best would be CPU independence to have the best price/cpu power required ratio. This is the main point of the DE.
IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 3 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by anonymous on 01-May-2001 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Christophe Decanini):
Motorolla and IBM are non-factors as far as desktop CPU's go, PPC is also for that matter
IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 4 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by anonymous on 01-May-2001 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 2 (Christophe Decanini):
The main point of DE is is the small footprint of it's tao java engine, this is
all the PDA manufacturers care about, and they can buy this directly from TAO.
Binary compatibilities these days is an afterthought, I'm surprised it's making the
rounds again (this idea comes up every few years with a new recycled name), never
hitting so close to home though as it is now, heh.
IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 5 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by victor # on 02-May-2001 22:00 GMT
BTW, concerning MHz comparisons between the intel and Motorola chips: I wonder why we didn't made it more commonly known that f.ex. Motorola achieved a 3-4x efficiency (real speed) ratio in case of the 030->040 even at the _same_ MHz. That would (have) induce(d) some thinking cycles to x86 believers, wouldn't?
IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 6 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 02-May-2001 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 3 (anonymous):
wake up !!
PowerPC is better technology than x86. Dito for companies Mot and IBM vs all Intels of the world.
As for the desktop market, I don't give a s@#!t of what Mr Smith's of this world buy.
If 10 million people believe that M$ W!nd0w$ is a good OS and buy it, doesn't mean that I will ever buy it myself.
IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 7 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Mark Smith on 02-May-2001 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (Anonymous):
Well I don't care what YOU buy either! ;-)
IBM's and Motorola's PowerPC Roadmap : Comment 8 of 8ANN.lu
Posted by Chris Roccati on 04-May-2001 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Anonymous):
> The only interesting PPC processor of today, the 'top of the line'
> G4 (the only one not obsolete for desktop purposes) has features and a
> maximum performance that in some areas can compete with the mainstream
> AMD/Intel processors, but to a much higher price.
Honestly I can't understand why people seem to believe that a single
user desktop system must be a one and a half gigahertz moster to be a
viable solution. Most of the people don't run render farms or
10terabytes datawarehouses, they simply run their web browsers, mail
clients, word processors and spreadsheets. For these purposes a
300-400MHz system is perfectly usable. Yeah, even running windows.
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