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IBM PowerPC 970MP & 970FX LV CPUs

IBM has released details about two new PowerPC chips designed for entry-level servers and PCs. The PowerPC 970MP is a dual-core version of the PowerPC 970FX and IBM will release a low-power version of the PowerPC 970FX. Each of the two 64-bit cores has its own dedicated 1MB of level-two cache memory. That means that either side of the chip can be powered down to a state IBM calls “doze” while the other core continues to work. The technique helps save power and extends the life of the computer. The chip will be available in speeds ranging from 1.4GHz to 2.5GHz. The low-power version of its PowerPC 970FX is meant for use in printers and digital video recorders. The processor is designed to run at speeds of up to 2.7GHz, yet operate at less than 20 watts.

IBM has released details about two new PowerPC chips designed for entry-level servers and PCs. The PowerPC 970MP is a dual-core version of the PowerPC 970FX and IBM will release a low-power version of the PowerPC 970FX. Each of the two 64-bit cores has its own dedicated 1MB of level-two cache memory. That means that either side of the chip can be powered down to a state IBM calls “doze” while the other core continues to work. The technique helps save power and extends the life of the computer. The chip will be available in speeds ranging from 1.4GHz to 2.5GHz. The low-power version of its PowerPC 970FX is meant for use in printers and digital video recorders. The processor is designed to run at speeds of up to 2.7GHz, yet operate at less than 20 watts.

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