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IBM offers details on dual-core PowerPC 970MP

updated 08:25 am EDT, Wed October 26, 2005

Dual-core PowerPC 970MP

IBM says it will continue to focus on both the server and embedded markets, despite Apple's planned transition to Intel-based processors, according to an eWEEK article that provides some interesting details on the new used in Apple's new Power Mac G5s. The report says the 970MP, compared with its 970FX predecessor, will have twice the cache, a wider range of frequency tuning and voltage scaling, as well as the ability to run one or two cores. "...Initial tests showed a 2.5GHz 970MP reaching a score of 1,438 in the SPECint test, with a 2,076 score in the SPECfp test."

In addition, the report says the 970MP will max out at 100W when both 2.5GHz cores are running and the that two cores can operate at different wake/sleep states with the ability for the second core to run at one-quarter frequency, or even switch off--reducing power consumption and heat by up to 50 percent. Both cores will also be able to run at full, one-half or one-quarter of its normal frequency, or enter a "deep nap" state that uses 1/64th the power.




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  1. runcoberry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    who?

    who else uses IBM Chips?

  1. nitram_again

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    WHO?

    IBM. They're not just a fab plant.

  1. runcoberry

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    not what i was asking

    who else will use IBM's PPC chips, other than ps3 and xbox?

  1. JLL

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: not what i was asking

    Again: IBM

    They make servers you know ;-)

  1. Deckard

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    PowerPC

    The PowerPC is dead. Long live PowerPC!

  1. chadpengar

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    PPC chips

    PPC chips in general are used all over the place besides Nintendo, Sony, MS with their new game systems and with Apple. IBM itself uses them in computers, and the biggest use is in the embedded market and networking equipment.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Too little, too late

    IBM should have thought about all this BEFORE it fucked up its relations with Apple. All this news while nice and all is irrelevant at this point. Mac OS X runs much faster on Intel chips, and Intel's future roadmap blows away IBMs. So way to go IBM...what a bunch of morons.

  1. adrian_milliner

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    to the point

    That's a well balanced, well researched and succinct post you have there, jarod. Well done. The wider community will have gained much benefit from it.

  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    let's not forget

    Nintendo is using PPC chips as well. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

  1. Lateralus

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    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: Too little, too late.

    You're an idiot.

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