IBM has announced its forthcoming 64-bit microprocessor as well as details of a future chip architecture for its midrange servers, writes Antony Adshead.
The S/390 64-bit microprocessor, codenamed Blue Flame, will be used in the zSeries 900 mainframe and will support 21-, 32- and 64-bit applications concurrently. The future architecture of the Power4 processor was also announced at the Microprocessor Forum last week in California.
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Analysts see IBM's plans as an attempt to outgun Sun Microsystems.
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