Apple has promised to introduce a clutch of hardware design improvements in performance, design, communications and multimedia over the next year.
The ailing PC vendor supplied a sneak preview of hardware plans at this week?s World Wide Developers' Conference in San Jose, California.
It is tweaking performance with new cache designs capable of running at main processor speeds. It also promises multiprocessing features and faster PCI bus performance. Apple machines will incorporate integrated EDO Ram and Dram, the company said and new G3 PowerPC chips will outperform Pentium II by up to 70 per cent.
On the design front, Apple is paring the number of motherboards and enclosures. In future, desktops will be based on devices from two or three motherboard manufacturers. Apple will supply desktop systems in all- in-one, entry level, minitower and tower form factors.
Communications enhancements will include support for 10/100Base-T and the addition of a fast throughput Universal Serial Bus. Integrated modem and Ethernet support will be supplied with Apple Powerbooks.
Apple will beef up multimedia performance by introducing Quicktime acceleration through hardware. The company said it will probably buy in a Philips chipset to do this.
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