World's fastest PC now in India

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 21 August 2003, 07:00 Hrs
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Apple Computers on Wednesday unveiled here the Power Mac G5 with a 64-bit desktop processor with a memory expansion capability of up to eight gigabyte.

NEW DELHI: Delivering the industry’s highest system bandwidth, the G5 line offers dual 2.0 GHz PowerPC GS processors, each with an independent 1 GHz frontside bus, for 16 GBps of bandwidth.

“The Power Mac G5, with its 64-bit desktop processor, will have great appeal among Photoshop users, print publishers, designers and video editors,” Richard Ng, product manager (Asia-Pacific), Apple, said here.

32-bit has been around for over a decade now, while 64-bit has been predominantly in the server space. This is where the G5 aims to score. And it has come with a large arsenal of features.

An additional feature is a new breakthrough in video conferencing – the iChat AV software application and the iSight digital video camera – which enables high-quality video-conferencing between two Mac users over any broadband connection. The iChat AV requires no set-up or configuration beyond installing the software and plugging in any FireWire video camera and microphone.

The iSight digital video camera, which has a built-in, dual-element noise-suppressing microphone, delivers sharp images and clear sound. It offers full motion video of up to 30 frames per second. With its on-board processor, iSight automatically adjusts colour, white balance, sharpness and contrast to provide high-quality images.

The G5 is result of strategic technological alliance between Apple and IBM. The G5 chips are fabricated in IBM’s $3-billion semiconductor facility in East Fishkill, New York.

The PowerMac G5 line will be available in the Indian market by August-end, according to Richard. It comes in three models. The one with dual 2.0 Ghz 64-bit PowerPC G5, 8 GB maximum memory comes with a suggested retail price of around Rs 2.55 lakh.

The other two models carry -- 1.8 Ghz and 1.6 Ghz 64-bit PowerPC G5 with 8GB and 4GB maximum memory respectively and they come with a price tag in the order of Rs 2.05 lakh and Rs 1.74 lakh.

64-bit computing will offer the users faster processing and higher memory of up to 8 GB which has till now been limited to 4 GB for any average Indian users, he said.

PowerPC G5 runs at a clock speed up to 2 Ghz and can address 18 exabytes (18 billion billion bytes) of memory, Richard added.

The company also introduced Xcode, a set of developer tools for the next generation of applications for its operating system Mac OS X.

Though refusing to divulge India-specific figures Richard said that, globally, Apple has already procured 100,000 orders for the G5.

On asked about what Apple expects from India with this new offering, Richard said, “We’re excited about the Indian market. The economy is in good stead and is growing steadily. The G5 has god prospects here. And we expect it to have great appeal among Bollywood professionals.”

The Power Mac G5 will ship with Mac OS X v10.2 with Mail, iChat, Safari, Sherlock, Address Book, QuickTime, iLife (which includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and iDVD), iSync, iCal, DVD Player, Classic environment, Acrobat Reader, Art Directors Toolkit, FAXstf, Filemaker Pro Trial, GraphicConverter, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office v. X Test Drive, OmniGraffle and OmniOutliner.

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