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Inside the Machine by Jon Stokes

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Chapter 6. PowerPC Processors: 600 Series, 700 Series, and 7400

Now that you’ve been introduced to the first half of Intel’s Pentium line in the previous chapter, this chapter will focus on the origins and development of another popular family of microprocessors: the PowerPC (or PPC) line of processors produced from the joint efforts of Apple, IBM, and Motorola. Because the PowerPC family of processors is extremely large and can be found in an array of applications that ranges from mainframes to desktop PCs to routers to game consoles, this chapter’s coverage of PowerPC will present only a small and limited sample of the processors that implement the PowerPC ISA. Specifically, this chapter will focus exclusively on a subset of the PowerPC chips ...

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