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long live PowerPC!

Unread postby yuckymucky » Tue Jun 26, 2007 6:54 pm

http://news.com.com/2100-1010_3-6193211 ... &subj=news

IBM is getting some serious performance out of that beast.

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Re: long live PowerPC!

Unread postby zizban » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:58 am

That's cool.

But you know, the PowerPC chip wasn't going anywhere; Apple's switch was high profile but only a fraction of the PowerPC market. PowerPC chips are in millions of embedded devices, the Wii and the XBox 360.

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Re: long live PowerPC!

Unread postby pipeline » Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:47 pm

zizban wrote:That's cool.

But you know, the PowerPC chip wasn't going anywhere; Apple's switch was high profile but only a fraction of the PowerPC market. PowerPC chips are in millions of embedded devices, the Wii and the XBox 360.


PS3 is also PPC.

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Re: long live PowerPC!

Unread postby Frapazoid » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:12 pm

The last generation of game consoles sold about *165 million units (all three systems combined) over 5 years, that's about 30 million game consoles a year averaged.

Each generation tends to sell more than the last, and this next generation is entirely PowerPC.

All that right there is way more PowerPCs than Mac ever put out, so PowerPC is fine. And Apple is fine without it. Winners all around.

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Re: long live PowerPC!

Unread postby yuckymucky » Wed Jun 27, 2007 4:48 pm

pipeline wrote:PS3 is also PPC.


Isn't the PS3 running on the Cell processor or whatever they call that? I am assuming that is running on PPC architecture?

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Re: long live PowerPC!

Unread postby Frapazoid » Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:56 pm

Cell is a PPC core with additional specialized processors. It's "PowerPC based".
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Re: long live PowerPC!

Unread postby yuckymucky » Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:45 am

Frapazoid wrote:Cell is a PPC core with additional specialized processors. It's "PowerPC based".


Ya I went and looked it up after this. I figured that it had to be PPC based as I couldn't imagine that they just built a whole new arch in that short of time.


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