Inside the PowerPC 970: Part II

ArsTechnica has posted a long awaited Part II to their "Inside the PowerPC 970" article.

Part I was posted shortly after the announcement and presentation of the IBM PowerPC 970 at the Microprocessor Forum in October 2002.

This second article goes into significant technical detail, as well as revealing the author's opinion about the purpose of the IBM PowerPC 970:

    ...a close examination of IBM's PowerPC 970 reveals that it was made with Apple in mind as the primary customer. Furthermore, it's almost certain that Apple will introduce a new high-bandwidth frontside bus and memory subsystem design for towers based on the new processor. In a short, we now know what Apple has been up to for the past two years while their desktop line has languished.

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