IBM has discovered a use for the Power PC chip family. It is designed to power its network computer (NC) range of products, the company said today.
But Motorola is likely to benefit from the 403GCX chip because it is an embedded product likely to find its way into telephones and other systems including cable modems.
The IBM NC, however, may have missed its window of opportunity, according to an impeccable source at Big Blue in the UK. He said that while IBM was developing the technology, internal wrangles between different divisions stymied Lou Gerstner?s efforts to establish the IBM NC as a standard.
IBM?s announcement of this chip coincides with a price drop of 5 per cent on other Motorola embedded Power PC processors.
Intel has always wanted to enter the embedded market. It makes sporadic attempts to enter the market but Motorola has the lion share of deals with car manufacturers and other solutions, both in the home and outside.
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