Power5+ to hit 3GHz
TheRegister.co.uk reveals some of IBM's future processor plans.
According to the site, they've gotten their hands on a roadmap for IBM's Power5, Power5+, and Power6 processors. The Register reports that the Power5 will first appear in 2004 at 1.4GHz, scaling to 2.0GHz before being replaced by the Power5+ which should run between 2.0GHz and 3.0GHz.
Improvements noted include memory bandwidth, floating point performance, and simultaneous multithreading.
The Power6 is reported to be due in 2006/2007 and is expected to boast "very large frequency enhancements". Further details available at TheRegister.co.uk.
The article gives few details on potential processors for Apple, however. Previous rumors have claimed that a 980 processor will be appearing based on the Power5 processor. Before the 980, however, a simple revision to the PowerPC 970 is expected in mid-2004 and is known as the GPUL2.