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Amorph, That is my point exactly. The 970 is really just something to open the door for the 980. That is not to say it is bad, all indications are that it will be a very worthwhile improvement over what Apple have been using, but that it is a transitional CPU. IBM *really* wants to get the 980 out the door. It is their future, not the 970. You are, of course, correct in saying that the 980 is an entirely new processor, not merely a "die shrink" of the 970. However...
In one of the IBM PDFs that I can no longer find on the net there were (estimated) power consumption figures for the 980 chips which were scheduled to begin production next year. I do not recall the precise numbers, but the 980 was to be better in every way than the 970. When it moves from the 130 nm process to the 90 nm process with related internal voltage changes and such the power consumption was projected to drop. This will benefit IBM as much as Apple as IBM's use...
You know, all this "tight integration" talk sounds very nice, but the reality is often quite different. Apple has at least its fair share of problems with supporting the hardware it has specified and you have very restricted choices of what hardware to use. The reason that some of the people stay away from Dell and others is that they have implement proprietary standards which restrict their freedom of choice of hardware. The argument that gamers are a small and...
It seems that PCI Express is winning "hearts and minds" in the PC development community over PCI-X, but, unfortunately, PCI-Express also appears to have slipped in its intended deployment from fall of '03 to fall of '04. Is there any actual indication whether Apple is moving away from the existing PCI bus? What about AGP 8X in the mean time (one or two AGP 8X slots are permitted under the spec)? I also wonder if Apple will adopt serial ATA on the new logic boards. At...
The SSE instruction set for PCs has the same problem that Altivec has...until software developers write code utilitzing it, it just as well might not be there. The same thing is true of hyperthreading and multiprocessor configurations in the PC world and, of course, multiprocessors don't do much in a Mac until there is software to take advantage of them. That is one reason that the Mac needs a more powerful single processor.
It seems Apple can not learn to manage their inventory either. They repeatedly have nothing to sell when new models are introduced and then wind up with enough excess inventory that they can't move and so can't introduce the new models until it is gone. This continues to be a serious management shortcoming. At one point this last year Apple had in excess of 15 weeks of inventory of iMacs collecting dust. Then of course potential customers are (rightly) concerned about...
________________________________________________ You're right. A slip of the decimal point that might be misleading. However, you are also correct that the intended dimensions were 90 nm and 130 nm. If they ever do get down to the 0.0xx level (and there are people working on processes that will take things to the level of a very few atoms) that will be quite remarkable. There's quite a difference! Cheers
________________________________________________ Programmer, Yep, all chips are transitional, but IBM apparently intends this one to be more so than usual. There was an IBM document on the web at one point which has apparently been removed which showed the 980 for 2H of 04 (whether that was realisitic or not is anyone's guess). The gist of the timeline was that IBM would be changing process and that their plan was to move to the Power 5 and 980 when they changed...
There were some comments about 970 and 0.90 nm process. The IBM plans that have been on the web do not show any such combination. IBM plans to go to the 980 as soon as possible next year. Initially the 980 will be in the 0.130 nm process and then go to a 0.90 nm process. The 970 chip is, apparently, viewed as just a transitional chip. The 980 is supposed to be superior in performance in comparison the the 970 and is supposed to consume less power and generate less...
Hey Algol, Several of the rumor sites had posted information from various contacts indicating that the logic board was a different form factor which suggested a new case even before the information from their sources about case manufacture came online with their reports about a different case. Aside from that the new system should have a new case because the old ones, even though popular for their appearance, are lacking in expansion capability and the layout hampers...
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