Apple in talks with Intel, paper claims

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Name: TheZodiac
Date: 5/23/2005 5:48:02 AM (GMT-7)
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Weird, I thought the might use AMD chips since they license (I think) some of the same SOI tech thats in the power5 and powerpc chips. But, maybe thats what they are trying to get away from. Maybe its just for OXS server stuff though???

Apple is once again rumoured to be close to a deal to build computers based on x86 processors in place of the PowerPC line that has driven the Mac family since March, 1994.

A Wall Street Journal report, published today, cites unnamed industry sources who allege Apple is close to signing a deal with Intel to buy its processors. Neither the Mac maker nor chip manufacturer have commented on the claim.

We've been here before, on many occasions. Apple already buys processors from companies other than IBM and Freescale, its ongoing PowerPC partners, but it uses these chips in its other products, from well-known lines like the iPod to less famous items like Wi-Fi access points. The latter use AMD embedded CPUs, for example.

So it's entirely likely Apple might be pursuing a commercial relationship with Intel. But it does seem implausible that such a deal would see the Mac maker migrate its computers to the x86 processor platform.

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