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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RE: @ mattv427
by SamuraiCrow on Sat 30th Dec 2006 02:34 UTC 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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RE[3]: @ mattv427
by Doc Pain on Sat 30th Dec 2006 10:13 in reply to "RE[2]: @ mattv427"
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"Since nobody uses PowerPC anymore, this merge shouldn't be to difficult anyway ;) "

Please pay attention to not making all-quantified claims, because they can be falsified with only one anti-example.

If you'd said: "Nobody buys new PowerPC based systems today", that would be correct. PowerPC based systems are still in use, surely, not wide spread, but fact is: they are used. If I only said, "I still use one PowerPC system", you've been proven to be lying.

Apple Power Mac G5 (Quad): IBM PPC970MP 2.0 / 2.3 GHz
IBM RS/6000 pSeries
IBM Blade JS20
Motorola PowerStack
Nintendo GameCube
Nintendo Wii
MICROS~1 Xbox 360

I'm sure nobody uses them anymore. :-)

Just for correctness. But if your ";)" indicated sarcasm, I didn't say anything. :-)

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