The Power PC alliance looked to be in danger of collapsing today as Apple announced layoffs and Motorola retrenched its plans to sell PCs.
IBM pulled the plug on an NT version in December after a rift with Microsoft over its willingness to write the operating system optimised for Power PC.
Now Motorola has abandoned its computer group, which planned to launch against PC companies, recruit channel partners and sell NT for its platform. It will be forced to concentrate on Mac clones and compete with the IBM AIX group, which already has a well-constructed channel strategy.
Motorola is to restructure the company into two groups, each with their own profit and loss account: commercial products and embedded technologies.
Commercial products will look after the development and sales of Mac clones and AIX servers; embedded technologies will focus on motherboards and embedded processors.
A source at Motorola said: ?Although NT for Power PC still officially exists, it?s a non-starter as Microsoft refused to write a compatible version for the Power PC family.
?Mac motherboards and clones have a future but there is a big obstacle ? any design that a clone maker has needs to have it approved by Apple at a cost of $5,000.?
No one from IBM?s AIX group, which is also affected by the disappearance of Power PC for NT, was available for comment.
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