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Hardware News   Hardware News : Dual Core PowerPC chips
   posted by jd997uk on 18-Aug-2004 13:05:46 (1831 reads)
The Register report on Freescale (Motorola) set to announce dual-core processor designs this autumn.

Update: Ars Technica has posted a news item as well.

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Re: Dual Core PowerPC chips
Posted on 18-Aug-2004 16:23:33
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e600 chip + RapidIO to Hypertransport chip with a PCI-Express x16 (or x32) tunnel + AMD southbridge = nice computer.

Not very realistic though, I mean first of all the "nr 2" chip doesn't even exist...

Any way it'd be nice if this rumor is true, if we are Really Lucky(TM) we might get hardware that can take advantage of such a chip in the future. Not to mention an AmigaOS.

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Re: Dual Core PowerPC chips
Posted on 18-Aug-2004 19:45:39
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The Register wrote:

"Freescale to detail dual-core PowerPC G4"

By Tony Smith

Published Wednesday 18th August 2004 11:14 GMT

"Freescale - Motorola's soon-to-be-spun-off chip division -"

The Register sure is on the ball with "soon-to-be-spun-off", when they have a link to an article from their own website, talking about Freescale LAST YEAR (Wednesday 4th June 2003 11:16 GMT).

"Motorola adds dual-core G4 to PowerPC roadmap"

By Tony Smith

Published Wednesday 4th June 2003 11:16 GMT

Motorola is preparing a next-generation two-core G4-class PowerPC processor, the company will this week tell attendees of its annual Smart Networks Developer Conference, held in Disneyland Paris.

The chip, as yet unnamed - at least in public - will contain two PowerPC cores with AltiVec, Motorola's SIMD engine. It will also contain its own memory controller, capable of connecting to DDR and DDR 2 SDRAM, according to documents seen by The Register.

ONLY one year and 2 months later!

Well who cares anyway, the CPU will probably be US $1,000. They won't say how fast it is. And, will it work with the new Articia controller chips, THAT AREN'T EVEN READY YET???? Well MAI, back to that drawing board.

SOME of what the MAI Articia does is done by the CPU, but not all, is what I think the article says, but what do I know?

AmigaTwo$ == "Limbo!"

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Re: Dual Core PowerPC chips
Posted on 19-Aug-2004 10:14:36
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IMO: Unless miracle happens, freescale will release dual core (desktop) PPC years later than IBM.

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Re: Dual Core PowerPC chips
Posted on 20-Aug-2004 7:18:58
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A recent article in EE Times noted a substantial amount of hiring taking place in the PowerPC side of the business.

Here is the relevant chunk snipped from the article:

After the sharp staffing cuts at Motorola SPS during the downturn, Freescale is hiring again. David Mothersole, chief technology officer at Freescale's networking and computer products sector, said about 100 new design engineers have joined Freescale's Somerset PowerPC design center this year. The company is searching for talent in a market that is "nearly always in a shortage when it comes to processor designers," said Mothersole.

So there you go - perhaps dual-core chips are closer than we think?

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