Delays to Power Mac

By Mark Hachman  |  Posted 2003-08-15 Print this article Print

G5?"> Any delay, however, could be critical for Apple, which in June pledged to ship its new Power Mac G5 in August. OLeary confirmed that IBMs Fishkill and Burlington plants were currently in production on the G5 processor. Representatives at Apple stores contacted by eWEEK said that they still expect the first shipments by the end of the month, as planned. Postings by Apple customers on industry bulletin boards say theyve been told to expect their new G5 systems in early September, and some in mid-October. Apple officials did not return calls for comment. One representative said that hes privately told customers to expect delays. "Some of my friends have asked, and Im telling them its going to be September," he said. "But honestly, I dont know anything further. And lets face it—its going to be a really nice machine. I guess it just adds to the anticipation."
The IBM spokesman declined to comment when asked if IBM has begun ramping Nvidias GeForce FX graphics processor, which Nvidia decided to hand off to IBM to produce when foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. had difficulty producing the first-generation GeForce FX. "We have not officially announced production on that part," OLeary said.
However, there could be a bright spot for both Apple and Nvidia. The high level of automation used in the Fishkill facility means that more wafers than usual are sitting idle, being transferred from one machine to the other, than are in actual production at any one time, OLeary said. He declined to release specific production numbers for the Fishkill facility, but said that a typical 300-mm wafer fab produces 500 to 600 wafer starts per day. Any loss will likely be a minor one, OLeary said. "Again, the key is to reduce damage," VLSIs Puhakka noted. "If theres a wafer in the process tool and it shuts down, its a lost wafer." Editors note: This story has been updated to correct a reference to Ontario, the Canadian province affected by the blackout.


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