Archive for the ‘IBM’ Category

New PowerPC Chip Faster Than Intel’s Best?

May 22, 2007

“Ah, if only Apple would’ve stuck with PowerPC, maybe it could’ve skipped the magical 3GHz mark and jumped straight to 4.7GHz. Okay, that’s really just a cheap shot, but I couldn’t resist, given today’s major announcement by IBM that the 65nm POWER6 will not only debut next month at a stratospheric 4.7GHz, but it also shreds most of the relevant benchmarks. But before we get into the details, let’s take a look at the basics of what was announced. From IBM’s press kit, shorn of some of the marketspeak and with some of the details expanded:

  • Top frequency of 4.7GHz
  • >790 million transistors
  • 341mm2 die size
  • 65nm SOI process with ten layers of copper interconnect and a low-k dielectric on the first eight levels
  • Dual-core
  • Two-way simultaneous multithreading (SMT) on each core
  • Two memory controllers
  • Manufactured at IBM’s 300mm semiconductor fab at East Fishkill, NY”


IBM Loses Retirees’ Personal Info

May 15, 2007

“IBM Corp., one of the world’s leading providers of encryption and other data-management technologies, is in the uncomfortable position of trying to solve its own mystery involving missing computer tapes with sensitive information about employees and customer accounts.An outside vendor was transporting the tapes from one IBM facility to another on Feb. 23 when the contractor’s vehicle crashed in Westchester County, N.Y., not far from IBM headquarters in Armonk. IBM representatives went to the scene and found the backup tapes missing, spokesman Fred McNeese said Tuesday.”