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Sun: Apple nearly moved to Sparc chips


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Sun: Apple nearly moved to Sparc chips


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Apple Computer's processor preferences are in the limelight as the computer maker on Tuesday began selling models using Intel processors instead of the PowerPC chips from Intel and Freescale Semiconductor that have been the computers' preferred brains since the mid-1990s. 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.

Apple chose PowerPC, though, which along with one Apple acquisition attempt and two Sun-Apple merger attempts were a "personal disappointment" to Joy.

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Probably good that that didn't happen. SPARC has fared worse than PowerPC in comparison to x86; Sun now uses some AMD chips as well.
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