Motorola has unveiled a new technology for its PowerPC chips that could rival Intel's MMX technology and strengthen the chip's position as an alternative platform. The "Altivec" technology should make it into production by the end of the year, and adds extensions and extra features to the PowerPC that allow it to handle large volumes of data. These extensions could be used to handle processor intensive tasks such as voice recognition, speech processing and network routing. Apple, which collaborated with Motorola in developing Altivec, will probably announce how it plans to use the technology in its Macintosh computers at its developers' conference next month.
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