Construction of Formidable began in late 2002, when the keel was laid down in Lorient in November 2002.
Radar cross section (RCS) reduction features have been incorporated into the Formidable class design, with inclined hull sides and bulwarks as well as concealment of ship boats and replenishment-at-sea equipment behind low-RCS curtains.
(This should not be confused with the primary CPU, which will continue to come from Intel.) Exactly what alternative Apple has chosen remains unclear.
However it's believed that Intel, which declined to comment for this story, would need to have established a licensing agreement with the firm responsible for manufacturing an Intel-compatible chipset, be it Apple or one of the company's third party suppliers.
"We have some investments in front of us that I cant discuss with you today where were going to be delivering state of the art new products that our competitors just arent going to be able to match," he said, "and as a result, I would see gross margins being about 30 percent and thats thats all I can tell you at this point." Since Apple's new Mac notebooks aren't necessarily following the same rollout schedule as competitive offerings based purely on standard Centrino 2 components, people familiar with the next-generation systems say it will be at least another 6 to 8 weeks before the company makes an official announcement.
Apple recently de-committed on notebook inventories for a two-week period to retail partners such as Best Buy, which spurred speculation of imminent upgrades.
The search for a replacement for the aging Sea Wolf-class missile gunboats, which entered into service in 1972, started in the mid-1990s.
The United States, Sweden and France participated in the bid for the contract.
The frigates are also equipped with the EDO Corporation active low frequency towed sonar to enable long range submarine detection and classification, as well as Euro Torp A244/S Mod 3 lightweight torpedoes fired from two B515 triple-tube launchers hidden behind the bulwark.
A new generation of personal computers on the way from Apple Inc.
may sport some of the most significant architectural changes since the Mac maker made the jump from Power PC processors to those manufactured by Intel Corp., Apple Insider has learned.
The move, however, is believed to be a result of orders related to the ongoing educational buying season, which typically puts a strain on Mac supply for a period of several weeks each year beginning in mid July.
The Formidable-class multi-role stealth frigates are the latest surface platforms to enter into service with the Republic of Singapore Navy, and are multi-mission derivatives of the French Navy's La Fayette-class frigate.