Apple and IBM Brass Tout New Mac G5
DMN's Charlie White talked with Apple Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Jon Rubinstein, and IBM's Chekib Akrout, Vice President, PowerPC & Networking Technology Development, Microelectronics Division, about the new Mac G5s introduced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2003) in San Francisco. Here's DMN's exclusive interview.
DMN: Jon or Chekib, how about giving us the high concept here.
On the hardware side of things, our introduction of the world's fastest personal computer -- the first 64-bit desktop machine -- it's just an amazing machine, jointly developed between IBM and Apple, using IBM's latest technologies, and using all the engineering prowess from both companies to make this thing happen.
DMN: Now, you're saying it's the first 64-bit desktop machine. But isn't there an Opteron dual-processor machine? It shipped on June 4th. BOXX Technologies shipped it. It has an Opteron 244 in it.
Akrout: It's not a desktop.
DMN: That's a desktop unit.
Akrout: It depends on what you call a desktop, now. These… From a full desktop per se, this is the first one. I don't know how you really distinguish the other one as a desktop.
DMN: Well, it's a dual processor desktop machine, just like that one.
Akrout: It's not 64, then.
DMN: Yes, it's a 64-bit machine with two Opteron chips in it. It started shipping June 4th.
Akrout: That we'll double check, but in my mind, it wasn't.
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