Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 23:24 UTC
IBM At the Hot Chips 2010 conference, IBM announced their upcoming z196 CPU, which is really, really fast. How fast? Fastest chip in the world fast. Intended for Z-series mainframe computers, the Z196 has a clock speed of 5.2GHz. Measuring just 512 square millimeters, the Z196 is fabricated on 45nm PD SOI technology, and on its surface contains almost one and a half billion transistors. My... Processor is bigger than yours.
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tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

Why would I need to read a 3rd party article, by a non-technical writer, when I was getting the specs directly from IBM?


Do you guys even comprehend the impossibility of a single chip at that 45nm process with those cache sizes?

See the specs from IBM directly, or if you need a 3rd party check wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_z196_(microprocessor)

A 16 MB of L1 would be idiotic, since it could actually make things like context switches very costly with so much local data to flush in/out.

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