Rivals leapfrog Intel with superfast 4GHz chip

IBM, Sony and Toshiba have developed a chip that can deliver processing speeds of 4GHz – twice as fast as the Montecito chip...

IBM, Sony and Toshiba have developed a chip that can deliver processing speeds of 4GHz – twice as fast as the Montecito chip unveiled by Intel on Monday.

At this week’s International Solid State Circuits Conference in the US, the three partners said their new chip, codenamed Cell, would go into production later this year and would power both commercial and consumer PCs and devices.

The prototype multi-core Cell chip has 234 million transistors and incorporates multi-processing technology used in IBM’s existing top-of-the-range servers.

Cell will allow multiple operating systems to be run on a single hardware platform, otherwise known as "virtualisation".

Intel launched the Montecito chip to offer users processing speeds of 2GHz, a step up from the 1.6GHz possible with its Itanium range of processors.

This was last published in February 2005

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