IBM cranks dual-core Power6 beyond 4GHz

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 6:36 pm

IBM Corp. will go back to the future with its next-generation Power6 design by pushing raw speed rather than trying to pack more cores on a die.

The CPU will run at speeds between 4-5GHz with a total of 8Mbytes L2 cache and a 75Gbyte/second link to external memory.

The Power6 doubles the frequency and bandwidth of the existing Power5 without increasing its power consumption or the depth of its execution pipeline. The move lets IBM ship the chip as a mid-2007 refresh for its existing p-series server line.

Source: EETimes


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