IBM to announce 2.5GHz PowerPC 970 FX production

At next week's International Solid State Circuits Conference, IBM is expected to announce that it has begun mass production of a 2.5GHz PowerPC 970 FX processor. The FX is built using 0.09-micron SOI fabrication technology, and apparently dissipates only 24.5W of power at 2GHz. The chip also integrates clock and voltage throttling technology called PowerTune, which should make the FX well-suited for notebook applications.

2GHz versions of the PowerPC 970 FX are scheduled to ship in Apple's G5 Xserve systems this month, and it's probably only a matter of time before the new chips migrate to Apple's Power Mac and possibly even PowerBook lines.

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