AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc. responded to a statement by Apple Computer Inc. on Monday that blamed a shortage of Motorola G4 microprocessors for an anticipated earnings shortfall for Apple in the September quarter.
"We're thrilled with the overwhelming and positive response in the marketplace for the PowerMac G4," Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector said in a statement. "This response has made it difficult for us to provide as many of the G4 chips as Apple can currently use.
Appple Computer, of Cupertino, Calif., said Monday that Motorola has not been able to supply enough chips for more than 150,000 orders Apple has received since it announced the product three weeks ago.
"We are very disappointed that this quarter's deliveries of G4 processors will be lower than planned," said Fred Anderson, Apple's chief financial officer, in a statement. "Orders for the Power Mac G4 have been strong and we anticipate ending the September quarter with a substantial order backlog. We continue to expect significant year-over-year growth in units and revenue in the December quarter."
"Motorola views this as a great endorsement for its G4 processor," the Austin chip maker went on. "There are no surprises here. Motorola has advised Apple of the G4 schedule status every day. The only time a company does not encounter these kinds of challenges during a product launch is when it produces a chip nobody wants to buy."
Motorola conceded that "in any complex product launch there is a lot of fluidity in the production schedule on both sides. Motorola is extremely proud of its ability to ramp-up so quickly. Motorola has worked through a number of issues and design changes in significantly shorter time than usual, and will continue to work with Apple to meet customer demand. Motorola is producing a lot of product and will produce a lot more in a very short period of time, for Apple and for other exciting applications."