Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Dec 2006 21:35 UTC
IBM Judging by details revealed in a chip conference agenda, the clock frequency race isn't over yet. IBM's Power6 processor will be able to exceed 5 gigahertz in a high-performance mode, and the second-generation Cell Broadband Engine processor from IBM, Sony and Toshiba will run at 6GHz, according to the program for the International Solid State Circuits Conference that begins February 11 in San Francisco.
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@ mattv427
by helf on Sat 30th Dec 2006 01:52 UTC
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no. Power is the server chip. just 'cause it is getting speedboosts does not mean there would ever be a consumer 'G6' chip. specially since Apple was pretty much 'the' customer for the G5. Also, the cell might be fast, but it only has one multipurpose core. the rest are more or less DSPs. so they would let you boost the speed of some things, but only stuff written especially for them.

correct me if I'm wrong.

In performance and heat/power use scores, the new x86 chips rock. you have to admit that even if you don't like the architecture.

in the long run, the switch to x86 was a good idea, even if I I didn't like it.

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RE: @ mattv427
by SamuraiCrow on Sat 30th Dec 2006 02:34 in reply to "@ mattv427"
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On the forums at they're talking about merging the POWER and PowerPC lines into one Power architecture.

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RE[2]: @ mattv427
by rayiner on Sat 30th Dec 2006 04:36 in reply to "RE: @ mattv427"
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That's from an ISA point of view, not from a uarch point of view. A desktop chip and a server chip might use the same instruction set, but the cores would be completely different.

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RE[2]: @ mattv427
by nathanw on Sat 30th Dec 2006 04:46 in reply to "RE: @ mattv427"
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They are already mostly merged. I think the last time POWER and PowerPC had different instruction sets was with the POWER2 back in 1996 or so (I think it was a hardware sqrt instruction).

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RE[2]: @ mattv427
by Yoda on Sat 30th Dec 2006 04:48 in reply to "RE: @ mattv427"
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Since nobody uses PowerPC anymore, this merge shouldn't be to difficult anyway ;)

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