"I think there will be some more updates to the G4 processor."
Groan. I think most of us are resigned to this.
"Why did they call the Apollo6 the 'MPC7455' instead of 'MPC7460' ? If you continue in steps of 10 this would only have left space for 3 future versions (7470, 7480 and 7490)."
..and if the G4 remains, fundamentally the same processor...then Apple are going to look laughably out of date and ridiculously overprice even with a superior mobo revision.
"I've heard that Apple and Motorola intend to use a strategy similar to the OS strategy after the Copland fiasko. Instead of one big update they will use technology from the next generation and implement it into the current G4 using time intervals of about 6 months."
Using technology from the next revision is a fair idea. Guess it keeps to a bare minimum things that can go 'wrong'. However, the G4 fiasco has left us wanting more than a few things borrowed. Some Apple watchers are happy with a mobo G4 revision. I think that's the least we should have had at San Fran this year and overdue at that!
"The next G4 version shall get a DDR interface borrowed from the MPC7500 and can be expected for mid year (SOI 0.13 @ about 1.5 Ghz)."
That would have been a 'good' (but not excellent ...) machine at this year's San Fran'...but now it's painfully over due...
"Then, in early 2003, the G4 will get a 10 stage pipeline plus 512kb on-die L2-cache and reach 2 Ghz."
Yeah. But even if that were to be delivered at Mac New York this year. It's still catch up. It aint leap frogging the opposition. Apple customers are still paying over the odds for catch up performance.
"This might also explain the rumors about the G5 being 'killed' by Apple. The first MPC using RapidIO should then officially be called 'G5' by Apple."
The first G4 in a Rapid IO framework will be called 'G5'? I think that's fraudulent. It's a con.
Unless...something's done to boost the G4's performance fundamentally.
It's FPU is a joke compared to the Athlon. Take away Altivec and the jumped up G3/G4 is a joke.
I hope your scenario is the worst case. Good post by the way.
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