Copper PowerPC gets airing

Copper PowerPC gets airing
Tom Foremski
Apple Computer will give the first public demonstration next week of an IBM PowerPC microprocessor built using IBM’s copper interconnect technology
During a keynote address by Apple Interim-CEO Steve Jobs, the company will show a prototype Power Macintosh running on the copper PowerPC microprocessor at about 400MHz. The demonstration is a bid by Apple to hold onto professionals in the publishing and video production markets where it still has a major lead over Intel based systems.
IBM announced last year that it had achieved a breakthrough in using copper in chips instead of aluminium. Copper’s superior conductivity boosts chip performance without requiring a major redesign.


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