G3 cards catch 300MHz wave

A day after IBM Corp. and Motorola Inc. unveiled a 300MHz version of their G3 processor last week two vendors announced upgrade cards that employ the speedy PowerPC chip.

A day after IBM Corp. and Motorola Inc. unveiled a 300MHz version of their G3 processor last week two vendors announced upgrade cards that employ the speedy PowerPC chip.

PowerLogix R&D Inc. said it intends to ship soon several 300MHz varieties of its PowerForce G3 processor upgrade card. A 300MHz PowerForce card with 1 MB of Level 2 backside cache running at 300MHz will have a street price of $2,600, the company said. A similar model using 1 MB of backside cache running at 150MHz will cost $1,600. And a PowerForce G3 using a 300MHz G3 and 512KB of backside cache running at 150MHz will have a street price of $1,300.

Newer Technology Inc. said it will ship by the end of the month two versions of its MAXpowr G3 processor upgrade card with the 300MHz PowerPC 750 processor (also known as G3). A 300MHz MAXpowr G3 card with 1 MB of backside cache clipping along at 300MHz will have a street price of $2,500. A similar model with 1 MB of backside Level 2 cache running at 150MHz will have a street price of $1,600.

Motorola (NYSE:MOT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM) jointly announced last week that they had released a faster version of their PowerPC processor running at 300MHz.

PowerLogix R&D Inc. of Austin, Texas, is at (512) 795-2978 or (888) 769-9020; fax (512) 795-2981; info@powerlogix.com; http://www.powerlogix.com.

Newer Technology Inc. of Wichita, Kan., can be reached at (316) 943-0222 or (800) 678-3726; fax (316) 943-4515; sales@newertech.com; http://www.newertech.com.