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Hardware News   Hardware News : IBM hurls confident 'to come' ship date for late Power6
   posted by Skyraker on 6-Apr-2007 11:20:59 (2971 reads)
A disturbing presentation slide from Big Blau has shifted the delivery date of IBM's Power6 chip from mid-2007 to “to come,” seeming to confirm that suspicions of Power6 issues are correct.



Over the past few weeks, IBM has been holding technology discussions in Germany, disclosing information on its Power-based server line. The Register happened upon the slide deck for one such presentation and noticed a major shift in the Power roadmap. IBM's Power5+ processor has been extended out through the duration of 2007, while Power6 has been shoved into the “to come” era.



IBM once hoped to get the dual-core Power6 chip out in 2006 (see below). It then gave up on such ambitions and placed the chip's delivery date at mid-2007.

Recently, however, silicon speculators have grumbled about more delays facing Power6. IBM has pledged to pump the product's clock past 5GHz, and insiders suspect the company is struggling to get solid, high clock rate yields. In addition, more gossip mavens claim that IBM's AIX 5.4 delays have hampered the Power6 roll out.



IBM will need the speediest cores possible to make Power6 look good, since it will be relying on a dual-core chips while rival Sun Microsystems heads to 16 cores and Intel moves to four-cores with Itanium. The computer giant loves to take the benchmark lead wherever possible but could struggle to do so on multi-threaded server software if it can't crank up the GHz as expected.

Of course, the Germans may have just been too casual with their slideware. They are an imprecise people after all

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Of course, the Germans may have just been too casual with their slideware. They are an imprecise people after all


So much for the "German engineering" reputation.


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By the way, don't forget to be watching what PA Semi is doing.


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So much for the "German engineering" reputation.


I didn't know that the Power6 was being developed in Germany. I also didn't know that IBM was a German company. Or is this all just because the presentation has been given in Germany?

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And i did not know that this news had any revelance to Amiga whatsoever.

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And i did not know that this news had any revelance to Amiga whatsoever.


Amiga? I thought this forum was about Playstation 3, XBox360, Cell and IBM?

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Amiga? I thought this forum was about Playstation 3, XBox360, Cell and IBM?

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That sounds remarkably familiar, em, hold on...

Yes, try here.

I don't think the register would be to happy having their stories copied verbatim, especially without accreditation.

Anyway it's since been pointed out on another forum that there are other IBM docs indicating the release is this year. The previous story about the chips coming in at a much lower frequency than expected appears to be a load of twaddle.


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El reg copied me


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this is hilarious. at best its completly unfounded, but unfortunatly its factual incorrect as well. all the way from "silicon speculators have grumbled about more delays" to the "will be relying on a dual-core chips while rival Sun Microsystems heads to 16 cores" which is downright laughable bad journalistic.

never mind the simple fact that ibm never have done roadmaps. all they do is general overview presentations- im sure the old roadmaps from mid 90s are available somewhere too, so lets cook up a story on those as wel, eh?

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And it effects Amiga as...?


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And it effects Amiga as...?



....It uses PowerPC family of CPUs?


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@Skyraker

If you are going to copy verbatim an article from another source, it is usual practice to at least acknowledge that source. Some article owners also like to be asked first if you plan on doing a complete cut 'n' paste job of their work.

Most don't mind snippets being referred to with a link to the original article, but I am sure they wont appreciate the entire thing being used with no reference to who actually wrote it originally.

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....It uses PowerPC family of CPUs?


Yes, but this article is about the POWER line of processors, not PowerPC.

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Yes, but this article is about the POWER line of processors, not PowerPC.


But Power directly affects the future of PowerPC since PPC is
built upon Power technology.

It all rolls down hill. What affects Power will ultimately affect PowerPC.

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