“Motorola on Monday announced a faster PowerPC chip that could be used in speedier Apple Computer laptops,” Ina Fried reports for CNET News.com. “Motorola said it is now producing samples of a 1.42GHz PowerPC processor, a chip analysts say might soon find its way into the PowerBook, Apple’s high-end laptop. Motorola said the chip has a typical power consumption of less than 20 watts, a level that makes it suitable for laptops. The chip also contains multimedia instructions that are required for chips that Apple bills as G4 processors.”
“‘It certainly would be a fit for a portable Mac,’ Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron said. ‘It’s obviously up to Apple whether they would do that versus using an IBM (chip).’ A Motorola representative declined to comment on whether Apple might be interested in the chip. In a press release, Motorola said the chip is designed for a wide range of uses, including in computing as well as embedded, noncomputer, tasks,” Fried reports. “An Apple representative also declined to comment, citing its policy of not discussing future products.”
“The big question for many Mac users is when Apple will make the debut of its first G5 laptop. When it introduced the chip, Apple has said that it would take some time for it to reach the portable market because of its power requirements,” Fried reports. “However, analysts say that now that IBM has moved the G5 line to its 90-nanometer manufacturing process, a G5 PowerBook should not be far off. ‘I doubt it would be later than July or August,’ said Peter Glaskowsky, editor in chief of Microprocessor Report. ‘If everything had been just on a slightly different schedule we might have seen them at Macworld.'”
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