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Apple Computer, which has been known as a company that likes to keep all the secrets in house, according to a report from a web-site, asked Intel Corp. to help develop its commercial PowerMac computers scheduled to ship in the third quarter of 2006. While there is no news that Apple does not manufacture its products, it is widely believed that Apple develops and designs all of its devices on-site.

AppleInsider web-site reports that Apple had contracted a design team at Intel to help design mainboard for the forthcoming Intel-based PowerMac computers. The reason why the Cupertino, California-based computer company decided to ask Intel’s help is aggressive transition to x86 processors: the company already plans to launch iMac, PowerBook, iBook and Mac mini products in the first four months of 2006.

Earlier in 2005 software developers could obtain a system to test their Apple software on an x86 machine. That software developers-oriented computers featured Intel Pentium 4 processors and a mainboard built by Intel Corp.

Analysts believe that asking Intel to develop platforms for its computers would significantly cut down costs on design for Apple.

“Apple’s decision to work with Intel Oregon on the Power Mac design may also have its costs benefits. Intel has done exactly this for the Wintel world several times over, and the benefits from a manufacturing cost have been huge,” Mark Margevicius, an analyst for Gartner Research is reported to have said.

Apple announced plans to deliver models of its Macintosh computers using Intel microprocessors by mid-2006, and to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007.

Apple and Intel did not comment on the news-story.

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Actually, you are wrong, but not completely.

Yes the Power prefix has been used to differenciate between the 68k and PowerPC Macs.

BUT the PowerBooks existed before, and until the PowerPC Macs, all PowerBooks were 68k based.

Here is a great segue to get back on topic:

The PowerBook 100's motherboard was designed by Sony, based on specifications by Apple, so its not the first time it happens.

As for intel its not surprising at all that they will help Apple for the motherboards.

The current Macs required Apple to design expensive Input/Output and memory controller chips. These chips are not compatible at all with the intel architecture.

Apple would be foolish not to use intel's I/O and memory controller chips that are designed to work with their own CPUs. And while they are at it, why not have intel design the bulk of the motherboards?

New Macs will only need a few little custom chips, like for the clock and power management. You can bet that Macs will drop in price in 2006.
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