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Apple Powerbook G5, or why there won’t be one soon

February 3rd, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

IBM to use strained silicon to produce PowerBook G5 – Engadget

Ever since Apple released the G5 (supposedly still the fastest, most powerful desktop computer available) Apple-heads the world over have been asking when they’ll release a Powerbook G5.

Engadget has a hilarious mock-up in the link above of what a Powerbook G5 would look like if they tried to make one today. Simply put, the G5 chip runs too hot and is too power hungry to put into a portable form factor. That’s where the “strained silicon” comes in, allowing faster transistor speeds which in turn boosts the speed of a processor without requiring more power. This is an actual chip-making process, not something you can do to a chip to improve it. So settle down all you overclocking nuts out there!

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