eWEEK: Apple, IBM Team on 64-Bit CPU

“According to sources, IBM Microelectronics, a division of IBM,
is working with Apple on a 64-bit PowerPC processor for use in the
latter’s high-end desktops and servers.

“Sources said Apple is testing the CPU, dubbed the GigaProcessor
Ultralite (GPUL) on Mac OS X-based hardware at its Cupertino,
Calif., headquarters, and making sure that the processor complies
with a new bus architecture on tap for future Macs.

“In addition, IBM plans to offer the processor as the
centerpiece of future Linux-based systems, the sources said. As
reported this week by eWEEK, IBM recently announced that it would
soon introduce new versions of its high-end p690 and p670 servers
designed to run Linux native, in place of IBM’s own AIX operating


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