Anybody about to purchase a laptop or other portable device should wait a bit. Check out the "Official 2nd Perpetual 970...." thread on ars. Some one just posted a link to a new article that has an official claiming that IBM is about ready to start shipping production level 90 nm SOC designs to Apple.
No indication if these are 970 based SOC or something else all together. Frankly it doesn't really matter if its 32 bit or 64 bit, a solid SOC design could lead to a very high performance device or to a device with extremely low power usage or both.
Now a SOC implementation could technically mean many things, this could be a chip for the low cost desktop line. My suspicions though are that maximum bang for the buck is achieved via implementation of a SOC design into a laptop.
So I'd have to say if you are laptop minded then waiting is a very wise move. Can't say if this is a 32 bit or a 64 bit solution, my geuss is that either way it is a significant advancement.
Originally posted by Jeremiah RichSorry if this has already been touched upon, but has anyone read this article? I am wanting to get a Powerbook soon but I need it to last me all the way through college. This would encourage me to wait until the G5's are released.