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[8]: Uh-Oh
by andrewg on Sat 30th Dec 2006 21:14 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Uh-Oh"
andrewg
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2005-07-06

Maybe smaller still. If I remember correctly it can be configured without L3 and the L2 cache is twice the size of the admittedly big 2 meg per core cache found on the current Core 2 Duo chips - some of them anyway.

I realise that Apple really had no where to turn, they had to go with x86 or end up using chips which were designed with other purposes in mind. Actually they had already been doing that for years and it was starting to hurt and get worse.

But it is also interesting to see that the Power6 comes with Altivec. Does Altivec have much use in servers or more accurately server application software?

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