New IBM Power chip breaks speed barriers, promises to be twice as fast as Sun, Intel, AMD chips

“IBM will unveil a new processor on Tuesday that will be twice as fast as those of competitors such as Sun, Intel and AMD when it appears in 2007, according to the group,” Chris Nuttall reports for The Financial Times. “IBM’s Power6 chip is a radical departure from the trend among microprocessor makers to produce more energy-efficient chips after their race to increase speeds created overheating problems. IBM said it had broken through energy and heat barriers with the Power6 to achieve speeds of between 4 and 5 gigahertz – more than double the performance of the next generation of Intel’s Itanium chip, planned at less than 2GHz. The processor will give IBM an edge in the high-end server market, operating faster in the same ‘power envelope’ as its rivals.”

“Richard Doherty, analyst with Envisioneering, a consultancy, said IBM achieved frequencies of 6GHz in their labs. ‘It’s our belief that this is going to be the fastest computing chip and family in the world for some time. A lot of people will be surprised by this. It will cause a lot of companies to go back to the drawing board,’ he said. IBM will make its disclosures about the Power6 at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco,” Nuttall reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Karl” for the link.]

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76 Comments

  1. Hmmmm…forgive me if I’m a bit dubious IBM, but you see, we’re still waiting on that mythical 3 ghz G5 that we were promised back in 2003. When you deliver that, I’ll be a lot more interested in what you have coming in 2007.

  2. thats whats so cool about universal binary and the route aple has taken, it can pretty much play all processor manufacturers against each other, its just broadening its horizons

  3. yeah, Apple actually has the best of both worlds nw with the universal binaries, theoretically they could use Intell for all the consumer level machines and use IBM for the pro level. That would be cool.

  4. ..and Universal Apps give Apple the ability to switch back to Power6s as soon as they’re released.

    Because an Xbox360 spanking a Mac Pro is just wrong on so many levels.

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