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Blackout halts G5 chip production

Thursday’s widespread power outages in the Northeast US struck IBM’s chip fabrication plant in East Fishkill, NY, affecting production of the PowerPC G5, which is used in Apple’s latest Power Mac. “IBM officials said Friday that the plant had been shut down by the blackout, halting the production lines for about two days,” reports eWeek. “With power restored, IBM engineers on Friday afternoon were bringing up the tooling equipment, and preparing to begin production. ‘At a guess, I’d have to say later Saturday,’ [IBM spokesman Bill O’Leary] said of the production timetable.”

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