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The PowerPC Architecture Specification, released in 1993, is a 64-bit specification with a 32-bit subset. Almost all PowerPCs generally available are 32-bit.

PowerPC processors have a wide range of implementations, from high-end server CPUs such as the Power4 to the embedded CPU market (the Nintendo Gamecube uses a PowerPC). PowerPC processors have a strong embedded presence because of good performance, low power consumption, and low heat dissipation.

PowerPC architecture is an example of a RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) architecture.

The most common PPC implementation we find here at MelbWireless is Apple gear. AppleMacMinimumSpecs has some more useful information in addition to this.

The other situation we encounter is people running LinuxPPC, which is very similar to Apple anyway with it of course being a unix-based system.

See also: YellowDog

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