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)