G5 3 gig in 9 months?

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  • Reply 61 of 63
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    Originally posted by snoopy

    The following article about Intel says we may be expecting too much power reduction in the 90 nm G5 chip. Just something to consider.



    http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/3/32841.html



    Intel is saying Prescott will be 100 Watts or more at 90 nm. They claim that power reductions are not what they used to be as the process gets smaller and smaller. Leakage current become more significant with the smaller process. Also, the chips tend to have more transistors. The G5+ may have the same transistor count, but on the other hand IBM may add more L2 cache.




    That's why I said we'd likely see portables in the low-to-mid 1 GHz range.
  • Reply 62 of 63
    amorphamorph Posts: 7,112member
    IBM also has the option of forking the line at 90nm, and offering a souped-up 970 with more transistors and a 97x that's basically just a shrunken 970 (with whatever inexpensive enhancements IBM decides to roll in - more flexible dispatch to the VMX units, perhaps).
  • Reply 63 of 63
    snoopysnoopy Posts: 1,901member
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    Originally posted by Amorph

    IBM also has the option of forking the line at 90nm, and offering a souped-up 970 with more transistors and a 97x that's basically just a shrunken 970 (with whatever inexpensive enhancements IBM decides to roll in - more flexible dispatch to the VMX units, perhaps).



    Two versions of the G5 would be nice. I hope there is enough demand for both versions to make this a good business move. Maybe you hit on the way to put a G5 in most Macs. One G5 could be optimized for lower power and cost, and become the G4 replacement in PowerBooks and the iMac. IBM might even leave out some performance features that are not needed in this market. Interesting.
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