IBM has announced it is to ship a new 1.8 GHz 52 million transistor PowerPC microprocessor next year.
The PowerPC 970 microprocessor will be built on IBM’s 0.13-micron silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.
A processor to memory bus interface will run at a speed of 900 MHz, delivering data and instructions to the processor at up to 6.4GBytes/sec.
While supporting 64-bit computing for emerging applications, the PowerPC 970 will also provide native support for traditional 32-bit applications, which can help preserve users’ and developers’ software investments.
The processor will also support symmetric multi-processing (SMP), allowing systems to be created that can link multiple processors to work in tandem for additional processing power.
The new chip may be destined for new computers from Apple Computers.