IBM Plans Quad-Chip Module For Power6

Power6 dual-core processor will run between 4GHz and 5GHz and processors ran as fast as about 5.8GHz without exceeding 85 degrees Celsius. For blade servers, Power6 will run closer to 4GHz than 5GHz. Power6 employs several power-saving techniques; low-power idle mode called a “nap” that can cut power consumption by 30 percent to 35% when idle and 10% during load, dynamically adjusts processor frequency and voltage, lowering both when possible to cut power, customers can set a “cap” on maximum power consumption for a server. Power6 allows up to 64-chip support for servers. The first Power6 systems, lower-end models, are due to arrive midway through 2007. Power6 has multiple mechanisms to catch data transmission errors and introduces a feature called instruction retry from the gold standard of reliabilities, IBM’s mainframe servers. IBM plans to introduce a quad-chip module (QCM) that combines two chips in one package that fits into a single processor socket.


Power6 dual-core processor will run between 4GHz and 5GHz and processors ran as fast as about 5.8GHz without exceeding 85 degrees Celsius. For blade servers, Power6 will run closer to 4GHz than 5GHz. Power6 employs several power-saving techniques; low-power idle mode called a “nap” that can cut power consumption by 30 percent to 35% when idle and 10% during load, dynamically adjusts processor frequency and voltage, lowering both when possible to cut power, customers can set a “cap” on maximum power consumption for a server. Power6 allows up to 64-chip support for servers. The first Power6 systems, lower-end models, are due to arrive midway through 2007. Power6 has multiple mechanisms to catch data transmission errors and introduces a feature called instruction retry from the gold standard of reliabilities, IBM’s mainframe servers. IBM plans to introduce a quad-chip module (QCM) that combines two chips in one package that fits into a single processor socket.

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