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Many believe that the race for GHz ended with the Pentium 4 architecture, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at the speed of these two upcoming IBM processors. According to the agenda of the International Solid State Circuits conference, IBM’s Power6 Processor will operate at speeds of over 5GHz in high-performance applications. The second-generation of the Cell Broadband Engine processor, which was co-developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, will run at 6GHz. More details of Intel's "teraflop-on-a-chip" network processor will also be revealed.

The ISSCC2007 advanced program (PDF) claims IBM Power6 server processors are expected to begin shipping in 2007. Although it has been widely believed that the processors will run at a clock frequency between 4GHz and 5GHz, information provided by IBM for the ISSCC agenda states otherwise. The processor will run at over 5GHz in “high-performance applications†while also running at under 100 watts in “power sensitive applications.â€â€™

IBM states that the Power6 offers “ultra-high frequency operation, aggressive power reduction, a highly scalable memory subsystem, and mainframe-like reliability, availability, and serviceability.†The dual-core 341 square millimeter processor features 700 million transistors. It is constructed using a 65-nanometer manufacturing process.

The ISSCC program also revealed technical details of the second generation IBM, Sony and Toshiba Cell Broadband Engine. The first generation of the chip, which is currently used in the Sony PlayStation 3, runs at frequencies up to 3.2GHz. The second generation chip, on the other hand, will receive a frequency boost of nearly 3GHz and have an operating frequency of 6GHz at 1.3V. In addition, it will be constructed using 65nm CMOS SOI technology and will feature a dual power supply helping increase memory performance.

Despite IBM’s evident advancements in clock speed, Intel will still be holding firm to its multi-core approach to performance. According to the program schedule for ISSCC, Intel will reveal more details regarding its 80-core Tera-scale processor which can run 1.28 trillion floating-point operations per second.

Described as a “network-on-chip architecture,†the 225 square millimeter chip has 80 cores, each operating at 4GHz. The die is built using a 65nm process and is able to “achieve a peak performance of 1.0TFLOPS at 1V while dissipating 98W.†Currently, the processor is not able to run conventional applications for Intel chips.

Even though the chip is currently little more than a prototype, Intel CEO Paul Otellini claims it will be available within five years. The processor was first announced last September at the Intel Developer Forum.

The International Solid-State Circuits Conference will be taking place February 11-15 at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel. Other notable appearances will be given by Sun Microsystems, who will be discussing its Niagara2 processors, and AMD, who will be talking about its quad-core Barcelona processors expected to ship mid-2007.
IBM come back?

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This is not Ibm come back this is just a side project.
Just look they are making billions of console since all the console's are running on Ibm cpu's
    
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This is not Ibm come back this is just a side project.
Just look they are making billions of console since all the console's are running on Ibm cpu's

How is this a side project? This is IBM's new processor line.. This has been in R&D longer than the specs for the consoles were confirmed. IBM cant live without releasing processors lol.
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How is this a side project? This is IBM's new processor line.. This has been in R&D longer than the specs for the consoles were confirmed. IBM cant live without releasing processors lol.
True. But they are making more processors for console than anything really.
    
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What's the deal here???? IBM also does R&D for AMD as well and AMD hasn't been able to crank out their 65nm chips at 6ghz...... Seems like AMD is lacking some real techy news for tech geeks. Everyone else is posting such great developments ie. 6ghz CELL or 80-core chip and AMD is only talking about their quad-core? Hopefully they'll have a real demo this time around.
    
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you have to understand that a 6GHZ chip isn't guaranteed to out perform a 2GHZ chip! look at a 3.8GHZ P4 vs a 2GHZ C2D, The architecture of the chip has the most to w/ performance. for example IBM's Power6's architecture is more specialized so that it will have greater performance for a specific application and a C2D will have a good performance across multiple applications.

"80 Cores" Well when you have a CPU that is designed for a specific task suck as Floating Point Operations the architecture is not as complex and will take up less space on a wafer. combined with a 65nm or 32nm process it is possible to pack 80 or so Cores into an over sized Die. but you probably wont get the score your looking for in 3DMark 06.

It is far more difficult to design a Chip that can do many operations and have an optimal performance for a multitude of applications and be stable at that
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