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IBM (NYSE: IBM) today simultaneously launched the fastest microprocessor ever built and an ultra-powerful new computer server that leverages the chip’s many breakthroughs in energy conservation and virtualization technology. The new server is the first ever to hold all four major benchmark speed records for business and technical performance (1).

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21 May 2007 IBM Unleashes World's Fastest Chip in Powerful New Computer

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  • World's Fastest Chip

    World's Fastest Chip

    Date added: 21 May 2007

    World's Fastest Chip -- IBM today introduced servers based on its new POWER6 microprocessor. POWER6 is the fastest microprocessor ever built and contains many technological breakthroughs that provide twice the performance with virtually no increase in energy consumption. The IBM System p570 servers pictured here are being readied for delivery at IBM's Rochester, Minnesota manufacturing facility.

  • IBM POWER6 Systems

    IBM POWER6 Systems

    Date added: 21 May 2007

    IBM POWER6 Systems -- The first IBM System p 570 servers are readied for delivery to clients at IBM's Rochester, Minnesota manufacturing facility. POWER6 has the bandwidth to download the entire iTunes catalog in one minute. The processor provides twice the performance of previous chips with virtually no increase in power consumption.

  • IBM POWER6 microprocessors arrive

    IBM POWER6 microprocessors arrive

    Date added: 21 May 2007

    IBM POWER6 microprocessors arrive-- IBM Test Manufacturing Technician B.J. Barrett tests POWER6 microprocessors at the company's Burlington, Vermont facility. IBM today launched its first POWER6-based systems that set new benchmarks for speed, energy efficiency and virtualization capabilities.

  • POWER6

    POWER6

    Date added: 21 May 2007

    IBM POWER6 -- Hundreds of IBM POWER6 microprocessors on a silicon wafer. The wafer is cut into individual chips that are then packaged and then built into new IBM servers that offer twice the performance with virtually no increase in energy consumption. Each chip has two cores, runs at speeds up to 4.7 GHz, and contains 790 million transistors.

  • IBM POWER6

    IBM POWER6

    Date added: 21 May 2007

    IBM POWER6 -- IBM's new POWER6 chip is a 64 bit, dual-core processor with 790 million transistors running at up to 4.7 GHz and eight megabytes of on chip Level 2 cache. The company today launched its first new POWER6 server, the IBM System p 570, which has set 25 performance benchmark records across a broad range of business and technical applications.

  • Two IBM Transistors

    Two IBM Transistors

    Date added: 21 May 2007

    Two IBM Transistors -- This cross section of a new IBM POWER6, 64-bit dual-core microprocessor was photographed using a scanning electron microscope and shows two transistors, shown as a gold color, out of the 790 million on this thumbnail sized chip. At 4.7 GHz, the dual-core POWER6 processor doubles the speed of the previous chips with virtually no increase in electrical consumption.


Contact(s) for the Press kit

John Buscemi
IBM Media Relations
914-766-4495
jbuscemi@us.ibm.com

Vince Smith
IBM Media Relations
44-1962-815266
SMITHV@uk.ibm.com

Additional resources

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PDF documents

Specifications: IBM POWER6 Microprocessor and IBM System p 570

The Invention and History of the Power Architecture

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