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Old 2nd September, 2009, 06:05 PM
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IBM's 8-core POWER7: twice the muscle, half the transistors

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Wednesday, 02 September 2009

IBM's 8-core POWER7 crams an amazing amount of hardware into about half the space of the competition. Its secret is that its large shared cache is made of DRAM, and not the less-dense SRAM that processors normally use.

By Jon Stokes | Last updated September 1, 2009 8:15 AM CT
IBM's Hot Chips presentation on its forthcoming 45nm POWER7 server processor had a wealth of information on the chip, which, at 1.2 billion transistors and 567mm2, is actually quite svelte considering what it offers..... [Front page...]
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Amazing. Hopefully AMD has cross licensing that will benefit its own CPU products! Looks like this advance might be an Intel stymier. Maybe?
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Unlikely, as the POWER architecture has been around for years now. PowerPC chips are derived from POWER. Where are PowerPC chips these days? Well, you can look towards the XBox 360, PS3 and Wii...
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Ah, so. Again with the deflating news, sy. It's always yadda.
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No, the CPU tech won't help AMD, but the agreement between Global Foundries and IBM for process tech means that the stuff IBM learns manufacturing this puppy will likely make its way into the AMD product.
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