IBM sawed some bits off its mainframe workhorse, the POWER, to produce a RISC processor line which could compete in the personal computer and embedded spaces. PowerPC is what they called the design. Motorola and FreeScale have fabbed the designs. Apple has used the designs in its PowerMacs, PowerBooks, iMacs, eMacs and iBooks. Microsoft joined in with its XBox 360 in 2005.

PowerPC has had 32-bit (G1-4) and 64-bit (G5) incarnations over the course of its life.

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