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I think the chip says Apple all over it. It's better performing than the G4, offers good memory bandwith, and has an Altivec compatible vector unit. It sounds perfect for Apple. And it could be in Macs in the second half of 2003.

I can also see IBM moving it to a .9 micron manufacturing process to speed it up later in last half of 2003 or early 2004.
 

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Don't forget that this is a chip that we wouldn't likely see in shipping hardware til MWSF _2004_ (at the earliest IMO).

Even the G4 might have gotten close to 1.8gHz by then (provided that Moto has any interest in its continued development, which current rumour/news stories suggest might not be the case).
 

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Here's an interesting, if mostly speculative, letter to MacinTouch regarding IBM's new processor in comparison to other processors (both shipping, imagined or otherwise). It also highlights all the "ifs" involved in this scenario.
 
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