posted by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 20:43 UTC
IBM has carved out a renegade path for the upcoming Power6 processor, opting to crank the chip's GHz much higher while rivals shy away from major clock speed boosts with their products. The Power6 chip will run between 4GHz and 5GHz and has been shown to hum away at 6GHz in the lab. IBM reckons that some process technology breakthroughs have allowed it to kick GHz higher while still keeping heat and power consumption issues under control. All told, IBM claims that Power6 will be twice as fast as competing server processors from Intel, AMD and Sun.