Ever since the Apple-IBM-Motorola triumvirate began its quest to dethrone Intel as king of microprocessors, this design facility in the Northwest hills has quietly become home to some of the best electronics engineers in the country. It's still unclear if the fruits of their labor - the super-fast, superscalar PowerPC line - is the Holy Grail of microchips. However, with a steady stream of recruits (most of whom are inevitably wooed away to Silicon Valley or the Northeast Corridor), and impressive sales already on the books, it's unlikely this project will lose its steam anytime soon.
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