IBM to unveil plans for world’s fastest chips

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IBM to unveil plans for world's fastest chips

IBM will unveil designs for computer processors it claims will be the world’s fastest, running at speeds of 3.3 to 4.5 GHz – up to five times faster than today’s fastest Pentium III chips.

Researchers said the chips will use conventional silicon transistors with Interlocked Pipelined CMOS to achieve the higher speeds while using only half the power of a standard high-performance chip.

“One gigahertz will be commercially available within one year, three and four gigahertz will take three to four years to be commercially available,” according to Randall Isaac, vice president of systems, technology and science at IBM Research.

IBM will announce the new family of high-speed computer circuits at this week’s the International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

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