IBM’s PowerPC 970 (G5) has Apple back in the race

“The G5 could not have come at a better time. It was first announced by IBM in October 2002, as a new Altivec-enabled desktop 64-bit processor called the PowerPC 970.


  1. “…back in the race.”

    How about “way ahead of the pack”? Seriously, through Apple alone IBM has sold something like ten times more 64-bit processors than Intel and AMD combined. This is a joke.

  2. It’s going to be a tough time for Windows zealots when the 90nm G5s start shipping. Even using clock speed as the only yardstick, the Mac will have gone up over a GHz in the time the Pentium has gone up 400MHz, and the Mac has gone 64-bit as well. If only Intel weren’t pressuring Microsoft to delay the Athlon64 native XP version, the Windows machines might have a chance of keeping up.

    The article does give a good synopsis of the problems Apple had with Motorola though. Interesting point about what the G4 would have become if IBM had developed their own variant early on.

  3. As I recall….IBM was NOT too crazy about the “Veleocity Engine” and would not support it at the time Motorola was pushing it and were thinking of waltzing out of the partnership. But I guess with Apple on the contract IBM decided to go ahead and deal with it. That’s why the last G3’s were IBM’s and the G4’s were Motorola’s. It’s good to have IBM back in the track.

  4. “The computer in each Mars Exploration Rover runs with a 32-bit Rad6000 microprocessor, a radiation hardened version of the PowerPC chip used in some models of Macintosh Computers, operating at a speed of 20 million instructions per second.” 128mb RAM, 256mb Flash memory.

    I was wondering what I could do with that old Powerbook.

  5. CitizenX: “Apple has never looked at IBM as a competitor.”

    Hey man! don’t you remember years 1976 thru 1985?

    Even the 1984 ad was directed against Big Blue’s dominance!!!!

  6. fef,

    I do remember because I was there. Bought my first PC in 1977 sold my first one in 1980. I was there for the introduction. The 1984 ad was about empowering people to accomplish things. Not about beating IBM who obviously didn’t have a clue at that time.

  7. hummmm….. 2 exp 64 is
    It is not TeraByte but Exa Bytes you should say.
    But it is true that that much ram or hd space will
    not be seen for a while.

  8. CitizenX: the IBM PC and its compatible clones were introduced by IBM specifically to compete with Macintosh – which, as with the Apple I and II was showing exponential growth in the market. They were so worried that Apple may dominate this emerging “PC” market that they hurriedly entered into a deal with M$ to write the software for there own line of IBM PC’s. They were in such a hurry that they overlooked the small print on that deal – a deal which gave M$ a royalty payment per installation. The rest is history ….

  9. “CitizenX: the IBM PC and its compatible clones were introduced by IBM specifically to compete with Macintosh”

    Uhhhmmm… the IBM PC was introduced when, 1981, the Mac in 1984. Speaking of clones, when was the Compaq portable introduced? Well before the Macintosh. As a matter of fact, Compaq was the first company to have sales of over $100,000,000 in its first year. They gave us coffee mugs at the Byte Shop Northwest, to commemerate the event as we sold fully 20 percent of that.

    I was there and Apple didn’t “care” about IBM.

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