G6 Macs to have Conroe Inside?
Intel has started talking about its next generation of processors. These are probably the CPUs that got Jobs excited enough to switch architectures. The mobile part is currently known as Merom, and is going to be 64-bit with a wide front end, similar to the RISC designs mac users are used to, and clock in at about 2.5 GHz. I don't know about all of you, but I'd line up for a 2.5 GHz, 64-bit PowerBook G6. It isn't clear whether the mobile product known as Merom will be dual core, as most of the details of the new chip are speculation, but where power consumption is concerned, it may not make sense to have a dual-core mobile part. The Conroe will probably be dual-core, and rumor has it, will have 2 MB of L2 cache and be clocked simarly. Intel will finally be able to give AMD a run for their money.
Apple will probably use the Merom in the Mac Minis and the PowerBooks in early 2006, and use the Conroe in the PowerMac in late 2006. Rumor has it that Intel is also working on a 4-way server version of the chip. Say bye-bye to netburst, Intel is shortening its pipelines and going for efficiency. I think the Intel PowerMac is going to be like no machine we have seen.
Intel seems to be way ahead of others in its fabbing process and the 65nm process appears to be working for them. IBM couldn't even get 90nm right, so the new G6 Intel macs should be avaiable in volume soon.