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IBM developing dual-core PowerPC G5

IBM’s microprocessor division is developing a dual-core version of its PowerPC 970 processor (called the PowerPC G5 by Apple), according to eWeek. The new chip, code-named “Antares,” will be designated PowerPC 970MP and will be available for testing purposes later this summer. “The PowerPC 970MP will contain two processing units per chip, with each carrying its own execution core, Level 1 cache and storage subsystems including a Level 2 cache.

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IBM microchip plant problems affect Apple

IBM’s microchip division is struggling with yield problems at its new manufacturing facility in East Fishkill, New York, where the company produces the PowerPC 970 and 970FX chips used in Apple’s Power Mac G5 and Xserve G5. The problems reportedly have to do with its 90-nanometer process technology for building chips with smaller features than the previous 0.13-micron process generation.

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IBM’s first 64-bit blade servers to use G5 chip

IBM on Tuesday will unveil a new line of blade servers based on the same 64-bit PowerPC 970 processor that Apple uses in its Power Mac G5. “The new system, called the eServer BladeCenter JS20 will be IBM’s first 64-bit blade offering, joining the 32-bit Xeon HS20 systems IBM is already shipping,” Infoworld reports. “The JS20 will come with a lower price tag than its 32-bit Xeon relatives, IBM said.

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IBM fires 600, furloughs 3,000 in chip unit

Bloomberg reports that IBM will lay off 600 workers and furlough 3,000 for one week without pay at its chipmaking business to reduce costs. About 500 of the firings will be made at IBM’s Burlington, Vermont, factory. About 100 people at other chip facilities in cities including Austin, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Rochester, Minnesota; and East Fishkill, New York will lose their jobs. The furloughs will be staggered to avoid a reduction in chip production.

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IBM PowerPC 970 running at speeds of up to 2.5 GHz

IBM today posted details on its PowerPC Blade, which utilizes the new 64-bit PowerPC 970 processor running at speeds of up to 2.5 GHz. Originally announced in October, the IBM PowerPC 970 offers full symmetrical multi-processing, has a high reliability (with parity L1, ECC L2 and parity checked system bus), is manufactured in the latest 0.13 micrometer Copper/SOI CMOS technology, has onchip 512 KB L2 Cache, and an Altivec Vector/SIMD unit.

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IBM 64-bit PowerPC to be unveiled tomorrow

IBM on Monday will announce its new 64-bit PowerPC processor with speeds starting at 1.8GHz, reports Reuters. The new chip is based on the company’s Power4 design, and will be able to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. The processor will be available in the second half of 2003 and will be built in IBM’s East Fishkill, New York plant. IBM declined to comment on which PC makers would use the chip, but Apple is widely expected to adopt it. Read More