IBM’s Power5 chip aims to save juice

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IBM's Power5 chip aims to save juice

IBM’s upcoming Power5 will include new features to curtail the chip’s consumption of electrical current, the company said Tuesday. “The Dynamic Power Management technology can execute “50 percent more instructions using same amount of energy, without any performance impact” compared with the current Power4+ chip, Power5 Chief Scientist Balaram Sinharoy said. The power management feature works both when the chip is hard at work and when it is waiting idle for new instructions, he said during a talk at the Microprocessor Forum here.”

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