MacWorld: IBM is in the midst of an effort to make its Power family of processors an alternative not just to high-end rivals, but also to widely used x86 chips such as Intel's Pentium and Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron. A key ally in the Power effort is Apple, which uses the PowerPC 970FX in its desktop and server computers.
In 2005, IBM plans to allow its PowerPC 970 processor line to run multiple operating systems simultaneously, CNET reported. The chips are used in Macintosh computers manufactured by Apple and in IBM's blade servers.
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