Inside the Power PC Revolution

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Shows you where the PowerPC technology came from and where it's going. Gives you a close look at Apple's hot new Mac systems and a peek into the future to discover what IBM is up to. Answers questions like "Who will win the CPU architecture war?" Discusses how the PowerPC affected and will affect Intel and Microsoft, and whether the PowerPC will put Intel out of business? Discusses how the PowerPC stacks up against the Pentium, and if the PowerPC really is RISC chip. Explains ...
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Shows you where the PowerPC technology came from and where it's going. Gives you a close look at Apple's hot new Mac systems and a peek into the future to discover what IBM is up to. Answers questions like "Who will win the CPU architecture war?" Discusses how the PowerPC affected and will affect Intel and Microsoft, and whether the PowerPC will put Intel out of business? Discusses how the PowerPC stacks up against the Pentium, and if the PowerPC really is RISC chip. Explains Apple's vision of the future?

What does "PowerPC" really mean? Why is it here? How does it affect the computer industry? These questions are thoroughly answered in this new release, which presents a balance between the past, present, and future of PowerPC technology. Issues such as RISC vs. CISC are discussed, in addition to looks at Apple's Power Macs, IBM's Power PCs and products from other companies. Even sections on the 604 and 620 chips are included, as well as Intel's P6 and the Cyrix M1. The authors do a nice job of avoiding bias and presenting an objective account of "revolution" supported by numerous citations from relevant books, journals, and magazines. If you're looking for a comprehensive view of PowerPC technology and its effects, this is it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883577049
  • Publisher: Coriolis Group
  • Publication date: 4/22/1994
  • Edition number: 11
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
Chapter 1: Hands Across an Industry
Chapter 2: Desktop Chaos
Chapter 3: RISC versus CISC
Chapter 4: The PowerPC Alliance
Chapter 5: The Power That Came Before
Chapter 6: The PowerPC 601 and 603
Chapter 7: Goliath Amid the Barrage
Chapter 8: The Mac Does PowerPC
Chapter 9: Apple's Desktop RISC
Chapter 10: IBM's Herculean Challenge
Chapter 11: IBM's Open Attitude
Chapter 12: The Future of Operating Systems
Chapter 13: Beyond the Desktop
Chapter 14: The Year 2000
Appendix A: PowerPC Instruction Sets
Appendix B: Understanding Cache Architectures
Glossary
Index
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