In an effort to polish his company's image as a leading-edge technology provider, Apple Computer 's interim CEO Steve Jobs at the Seybold Seminar in New York next week will show off a Macintosh using a prototype of IBM's 400-MHz copper PowerPC chip, according to sources.
But although Apple officials decline to say when the company will make such a system available, IBM appears to have its own road map laid out -- officials say the company plans to deliver the chip in an RS/6000 server either late this year or early next, and then in workstations later next year.
The chip used in the Macintosh demonstration is being supplied by IBM's Microelectronics Division. Motorola is also working on a similar implementation of the PowerPC chip but has yet to deliver first silicon.
Also next week, both IBM and Motorola will announce shipment of a 300-MHz version of their PowerPC 750 for Macintoshes.
The new chip's technical abilities appear to have already won a loyal following among technical VARs.
"The PowerPC 750's L2 [Level 2]cache has enabled Interware to develop high-speed cards with excellent cost performance," said Toshio Nakasima, president of Interware Co. Interware's Booster G3 300 will ship by the end of the second quarter.
The 300-MHz PowerPC 750 operates at a power dissipation range of 4 to 7 watts, and has a 2.5-volt core, 3.3-volt I/O, and a 32KB data cache.
Both IBM and Motorola are pricing their versions of the chip at US$495 each in quantities of 1,000, according to company representatives.