Originally posted by willywalloo
Should that happen, G5's will get more funding than they've ever seen.
IBM doesn't really "fund" G5's at all. IBM funds designs for new processors for systems which have a pre-existing product plan and product roadmap.
IBM had no use for the G5. The G5 was made for Apple. Apple paid for - "funded" the G5 development. Now that IBM sees that it's actually a pretty darn cool processor, they're going to stick a few in a blade configuration to see if anyone bites. But this is happening after the fact. If IBM's blades sell, IBM may think about funding more G5-type designs. If not, they won't.
Same thing with Microsoft. Microsoft is doing the funding of their own chip. BTW, I wouldn't go to Vegas and bet the farm on the XBox2 using a G5. G5-like, yes. G5, no.
So the G5/G6/G7/etc., will only get as much funding as the customer (Apple, Microsoft, Sony, etc.) wants to give.
They WILL benefit by the fact that future PowerPC processors look to be derivatives of IBM's Power processors. And they'll benefit from IBM's overall design experience from creating the new Power processors.
But there will only be a G6/G7 if there's first a customer for the chip. Note that the customer could be another division of IBM, but that's only likely to happen if IBM's G5 blades take off in a big way.