Apple using IBM's new 64-bit CPU

— 2:06 PM on September 19, 2002

We've known that IBM has a new multiple-core 64-bit CPU in the works for a little while now, and while the full details won't be released until October's Microprocessor Forum, eWeek is reporting that Apple is indeed getting in on the action. Apple is apparently testing the new CPU, whose performance looks promising:

Sources said that benchmarks and applications tests demonstrate that a 1GHz GPUL processor doubles the performance of the 1GHz Motorola PowerPC G4 processor in current Macs. Even so, they said, the first run on GPUL processors should range from 1.4 to 2GHz, depending on yield.
The article suggests that it will be at least a year before Apple systems based on the new chip make their way into consumers' hands, so it might be a little too early to start camping outside one of Apple's retail stores.
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