The Wallstreet PDQ series was rushed out within three months of the Wallstreet. I think that's a record. It wasn't an Earth-shattering upgrade, but it was needed.
[quote]Originally posted by mooseman:
<strong>...seems iteresting that while the 970 is garnering the lion's share of attention, the fact that a 1.42GHz G4 came out on a 180nm process has escaped mention.
Additonally, just last summer, Philips, Motorola, and STMicroelecronics announced they were preparing a facility capable of churning out 90 nanometer microprocessors on 300mm silicon....by the end of 2002. So if preproduction silicon is coming out by the end of 2002, whats keeping Moto from introducing a 2+GHz G4 on a 90nm process 2Q '03?
Just some thoughts. Any opinions on it?</strong><hr></blockquote>
I've been talking about that for a while now.
The STM facility in Grenoble is a potential ace in the hole for Mot. They've said that since the issues involved in designing for .13μ and .09μ are essentially the same, they might as well leap all the way down to .09μ. Since it's not their fab, it shouldn't have the problems that their own .13μ facility has been having due to draconian cost-cutting measures.
If Mot actually pulls this off this year, they'll suddenly have an attractive little chip. Perfect for iBooks.
And if they feel like bringing back the ballyhooed Eleven on that process, it might suddenly run cool enough not to explode in Apple's test mules. I'm not expecting an answer to the 970 out of Mot any time soon, though, but I wouldn't turn down a tiny little G4 on a really fast MaxBus.
But this line of discussion is more appropriate for the 7447/7457 thread next door.
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