IBM says it has launched the fastest commercial microprocessor ever built.
At 4.7GHz, the dual-core Power6 processor doubles the speed of the previous generation Power5, while using nearly the same amount of electricity to run and cool it.
This means customers can use the new processor to either increase their performance by 100%, or cut their power consumption virtually in half, said IBM.
Power6 is nearly three times faster than the latest HP Itanium processor that runs Hewlett-Packard’s server line, IBM said.
To aid processing, the Power6 has a total cache size of 8Mbytes per chip – four times that of Power5.
The chip is built using IBM’s 65 nanometer processing technology, to squeeze more transistors on the chip without leaking valuable power.
IBM plans to introduce the Power6 chip throughout the System p and System i server lines.
The Power6 chip is the heart of a new 2- to 16-core IBM server. The new IBM System p 570 server offers three times the performance per core of the rival HP Superdome machine, said IBM.
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