IBM prepares for POWER7 Processors

IBM is set to begin shipping new UNIX servers that will support the next-generation microprocessors called POWER7 in the first half of 2010, in an attempt to win more customers away from rivals like Sun Microsystems Inc and Hewlett-Packard Co.

The specs for the POWER7 processor are:

– produced on a 45 nm process

– 4.04 GHz maximum clock speed

– 2 chips per multi chip module, 8 cores per chip and 4 threads per core

– support for DDR3 memory

– 517.1 GFlops per module (with 32.3 GFlops per core)

Read the original press release on http://www.ibm.com and an interesting article on The Register.

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