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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:40 pm    Post subject: Doesn't this make you a little sad Apple switched... Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's funny. Especially being called the Power6.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apple is trying to get the word "Power" out of its product names. I guess IBM took that as an insult. I have to admit, Power6 sounds like a new scratch off lottery game.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's called the POWER6 because it's the next in line after the POWER5. The G5 started out as a scaled down and modified POWER4.

The POWER line predates PPC chips. PPCs were developed based on older POWER designs. PPCs are always at least .5-1 generation behind POWER. POWER runs many wokrstations and mid-range servers, on up to z-series mainframe computers. POWER is an awesome platform, with a very long track record.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JDP wrote:
It's called the POWER6 because it's the next in line after the POWER5. The G5 started out as a scaled down and modified POWER4.


I knew that. I was thinking about how they would market and emphasize the word "Power" again and move away from using "Cell."
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JDP wrote:
It's called the POWER6 because it's the next in line after the POWER5. The G5 started out as a scaled down and modified POWER4.

The POWER line predates PPC chips. PPCs were developed based on older POWER designs. PPCs are always at least .5-1 generation behind POWER. POWER runs many workstations and mid-range servers, on up to z-series mainframe computers. POWER is an awesome platform, with a very long track record.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_POWER Cool


I see... so the name isn't funny Confused

Well it is still funny that IBM has come out with this sort of chip after Apple has moved away from IBM/Motorola because they supposedly could not come up with such a thing.

I just briefly glanced at the artical, so if I'm off don't slam me, but feel free to explain. I'm too lazy (and it's too late) to go back and read the artical in detail.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 7:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Doesn't this make you a little sad Apple switched...

NOPE!

(show me one of these running at 4Ghz in a small form factor (laptop, Mini, iMac-type enclosures) and THEN I'll be impressed. As it is, that article talks about the speeds the processor "will run at". Nothing is actually complete yet.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, those are still going to run too hot and consume too much power for any Apple hardware other than the Xserve. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Apple use it for later Xserves, rather than Intel chips.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From an article on the new chip:

"But for the chip to gain wide acceptance, IBM needs to spur outside programmers to write software that takes advantage of Cell's prowess. That could prove a tougher task than usual because Cell is architected so differently from other chips."


Sounds like Apple would have had to rewrite OS software for that chip. Probably a much harder task than just moving to OS X for Intel that they had been developing in parallel all along. It amazes me that Apple can manage these transitions as well as they do, but this probably would have been much more complicated and less transparent to the users.

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