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IBM to Roll Out Long-Awaited PCs: The PowerSeries line, to be unveiled Monday, is based on PowerPC architecture developed by Armonk, N.Y.-based International Business Machines Corp., Apple Computer Inc. and Motorola Inc. in a ground-breaking alliance formed in 1990. The firms developed the chip as a platform to combat the dominance of Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp., which control 80% of the personal computer industry. Analysts said the new PCs are not expected to have a big impact on the market at first, because they will not include a final version of a mainstream IBM operating system for a few months. The PowerPC uses "reduced instruction set computing" architecture, which means it takes fewer instructions for the processor to do a job.

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