IBM already offers its dual-core Power4 processors able to work with two threads in total. Next year IBM unveils its Power5 dual-core chip capable to handle up to four threads simultaneously. IBM expects from the Power5 up to four-fold performance boost due to new and more efficient architecture over the previous generation of server CPUs. IBM is currently fully satisfied with the test results of preliminary sample of the Power5 chip made using 0.13 micron technology in its laboratories. The CPU will initially run at 1.50GHz.
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