PowerPC

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The term PowerPC (often shortened to PPC) covers a family of microprocessors developed in the early '90s by a triple entente formed between Apple, IBM, and Motorola (commonly abbreviated to AIM).

The first Mac to make use of the PowerPC was 1994's Power Macintosh 6100/60, which used the first generation 601 processor. The final Macintosh to carry a PPC chip was the Power Macintosh G5, which had a PowerPC 970MP based CPU. The G5 was discontinued in August 2006, giving way to its successor, the Intel-based Mac Pro, and thus marking the end of the PowerPC era.

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