IBM aims for higher clock speeds with Power6
IBM is preparing to take its next-gen Power6 processor to 4GHz and beyond according to a report over at The Register. Big Blue apparently has some fancy new process technology that will enable higher clock speeds while keeping power consumption under control.
“There’s nobody looking at anything like this. We have a more highly integrated chip that is multi-core and we are increasing the frequency – we are turning up both knobs at once when the industry is going the other way and turning [the frequency] knob down,” Bernie Myerson, chief technology officer in IBM's systems group, told the FT.
The Power6 isn't expected to hit the market until 2007, and with Apple switching to Intel processors, it seems unlikely that IBM's new architecture will escape the server world.