IBM Touts Power5 Chip
The processor's features will further reduce costs and complexity, says IBM.Users of servers powered by IBMs upcoming Power5 processors will be able to perform routine maintenance without having to shut down the systems and will see performance improvements without having a bump in switching power. Those will be among the new features discussed Tuesday when IBM officials take the stage at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, Calif., to talk about the chip, which is scheduled to launch in mid-2004. The new chip is designed to build off the enhancements that were put into the current Power4 and Power4+ chips, including logical partitioning, on-demand capacity upgrading and chip kill memory. The features in the Power5which will be binary and structurally compatible with the Power4 and 4+will go further in reducing costs and complexity for users, said Joel Tendler, program director for technology assessment at IBM.
"Technology can get to the point where, if left unbridled, it becomes complex, and thats the wrong way," Tendler said.