Apple CEO Steve Jobs was itching to switch to Intel processors over five years ago, a new report claims.
CNet News.com sat down with Freescale Semiconductor CEO Michel Mayer, and he revealed the history of the switch. He also admitted that when at IBM, Meyer was the man who sold the G5 processor to Apple.
Freescale Semiconductor is the now independent processor arm of Motorola. It makes G4 processors for many current Apple models. He admits that desktop computing is only a "small part" of his company's business, with Apple as its only customer.
"Innovation is moving away from the PC space, and it's moving to consumer electronics," he said.
On the Intel switch, he admits: "I sold the G5 to Apple CEO Steve Jobs the first time he wanted to move to Intel."
Five years ago, the interviewer confirms.
When Jobs revealed the Intel switch, he said: "So today for the first time, I can confirm the rumors that every release of Mac OS X has been compiled for both PowerPC and Intel. This has been going on for the last five years."
Apple's eventual decision to move to Intel chips was also partially in response to IBM's decision not to deliver G5 processors for laptops, he admits.
The computer company eventually arrived at its present Intel strategy. "We were not happy to lose a customer," Meyer said. He didn't feel the tiny fraction of the PC market was worth using Freescale's resources to protect.
Meyer also claims that PowerPC chips are more ubiquitous than people believe - over 50 per cent of 2006 new cars will carry such chips, he claimed.
"We are most probably going to revitalise our PowerPC," he said. "I don't know if it's going to be called PowerPC."