Apple Unveils G5

Jun 25, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors

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Apple has released its Power Mac G5, which features the first 64-bit desktop processor and the industry’s first 1GHz front-side bus. Powered by the PowerPC G5 processor designed by IBM and Apple, the Power Mac G5 uses 64-bit processing technology for memory expansion (up to 8 GB) and advanced 64-bit computation, while running existing 32-bit applications natively.

“The 64-bit revolution has begun and the personal computer will never be the same again,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “The new Power Mac G5 beats the fastest Pentium 4 and dual-Xeon-based systems in industry-standard benchmarks and real-world professional applications.”

The Power Mac G5 line offers dual 2.0GHz PowerPC G5 processors, each with an independent 1GHz front-side bus, for 16 GBps of bandwidth. The line also features the industry’s highest bandwidth memory (400MHz/128-bit DDR SDRAM with throughput up to 6.4 GBps); an extremely fastest PCI interface (133MHz PCI-X); and cutting-edge AGP 8X Pro graphics capabilities, all within a new professional aluminum enclosure featurin computer-controlled cooling for quiet operation.

The PowerPC G5 processor is a result of the strategic relationship between Apple and IBM. The processor's architecture is based on a completely new execution core that features massively parallel computation for 215 in-flight instructions; full symmetric multiprocessing; two double-precision floating-point units; and an optimized Velocity Engine.

The Power Mac G5 line will be available in August and will ship with Mac OS X “Jaguar” with Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock®, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, EarthLink, FAXstf, FileMaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office Version X Test Drive, OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks for Mac New User Edition and Developer Tools.

The Power Mac G5 will be available in build-to-order configurations through Apple's Website (www.apple.com).






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