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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) is the world's largest supplier of microprocessors.
Relationship with Apple
In 2005 Apple announced that they would be transitioning to Intel processors through 2006 and 2007. The stated reason for this was the low performance per watt ratio of IBM and Motorola processors and that Intel would feature a much higher performance per watt processor for Powerbooks and iBooks that would effectively lengthen battery life of portables while also increasing performance. Additionally Apple stated that they were planning to produce new applications that they didn't know how to produce using IBM and Motorola's architecture roadmap, and Intel's roadmap was much clearer.
There was also speculation that this decision was made for additional different reasons like:
- To decrease the cost of Apple's computers
- To correct the constant supply problems of IBM
- To provide a viable alternative to the long awaited but nearly impossible Powerbook G5
See also PowerPC to Intel Transition.