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IBM’s POWER6 microprocessor May 22, 2007

Posted by ronandi in News.

In an article by Jennifer L. Schenker on BusinessWeek.com, it can be found that IBM (International Business Machines) has revealed to the world, its new super processor; the POWER6.

“…[IBM] claims is the world’s fastest chip, boasting twice the clock speed of the previous generation while consuming roughly the same amount of power”

“The new product is the first to fit in with IBM’s announcement last week that it will redirect $1 billion per year across its businesses to increase energy efficiency in information technology under a program called “Project Big Green.” The plan includes new products and services to reduce corporate data center energy consumption.”

“Analysts said the POWER6 chip, which operates at 4.7 gigahertz, will allow businesses to consolidate servers and handle substantially larger workloads, doubling the speed of the previous generation POWER5 chip while using the same amount of electricity for running and cooling. This means customers can use the new processor either to increase their performance by 100% or cut their power consumption in half. POWER6 also claims to be nearly three times faster than the latest HP Itanium processor that runs HP’s server line.”

This new IBM chip has got a lot of bandwidth, as stated in the article. About 300 gigs per second. Along with this, IBM has raised their cache size to 8 Megabytes. The server is UNIX based.

The original article can be found at: http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/may2007/tc20070522_892426.htm?chan=top+news_top+news+index_technology



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