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[3]: Uh-Oh
by flywheel on Sat 30th Dec 2006 18:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Uh-Oh"
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The RISC/CISC debate is a tad more complicated, since the in the IBM world, RISC does not strictly imply a reduced number of instructions, but also include composite instructions. I once saw an alternative IBM akronym for RISC, cant remember where.

And does this mean that one can't use a...say...SPARC processor for their desktop system and still be as productive as a counterpart system with x86?

The differences is at low level - whether you use a SPARC or a AMD64 hardwareplatform doesn't matter.

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