October 15, 2002
IBM unveils new 64-Bit PowerPC microprocessor
Ian Bell writes: "IBM just announced plans for their new 64-bit PowerPC processor. Called the PowerPC 970, this new processor is derived from the POWER4 server processor and is designed for initial speeds up to 1.8GHz. The new chip will be manufactured in IBMs new 300mm facility and use the.013-micron process. 'The chip incorporates an innovative communications link, or "bus," specially developed to speed information between the processor and memory. Running at a speed of up to 900 megahertz, the bus can deliver information to the processor at up to 6.4 gigabytes per second, to help ensure that the high-performance processor is fed data at sufficient speeds.' Read the whole press release here."