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Re: Apple PowerMac G5

On Thursday, June 26, 2003, at 03:54 AM, Gabriel Paubert wrote:

On Thu, Jun 26, 2003 at 08:48:57AM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
On Wed, Jun 25, 2003 at 04:46:50PM +0000, paubert wrote:
Not exactly since there are several claims that this is an Apple design, but the 970 bus "was designed exclusively for Apple" according to IBM.
I'm speculating, but I would not be surprised if in exchange IBM had
the right to use the northbridge in its own designs (they
also manufacture it in the same process as the 970).

It's an apple design manufactured by IBM and IBM will use it in their
new PPC970­based blades, too.

Thanks. Great to know. This may mean that the docs will become public.

Hi Gabriel,

The docs are starting to show up slowly:

http://www-3.ibm.com/chips/techlib/techlib.nsf/products/ PowerPC_970_Microprocessor

Do you know if IBM has the right to sell the chip to third parties.
(the bridge, not the 970 which is their design) ?

IBM Micro Electronics would be the best folks to pose this question to. I do have a couple of contacts there, I'll see if they might be willing to answer that question.


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