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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Apple Almost Moved to SPARC

Apple is using Intel processors now instead of the PowerPC chips from IBM and Freescale Semiconductor. But another processor choice came to light Wednesday when Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy revealed that Sun's Sparc chips were in the running during the last Apple switch, when it was moving off Motorola's 680x0 family.

"We got very close to having Apple use Sparc. That almost happened," Joy said at a panel discussion featuring reminiscences by Sun's four cofounders at the Computer History Museum here.

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