October 16, 2006 Timothy Prickett Morgan
It’s the fall, so that means it is time for the major designers of processors and other related electronics to converge on Silicon Valley for the In-Stat Microprocessor Forum. IBM‘s Brad McCredie, who works for the Systems and Technology Group as the chief architect of the future Power6 processor, gave his presentation at the forum last week, and divulged a lot of the inner workings of the device. There’s a lot of stuff in this chip, which is what you would expect from a device with around 750 million transistors.
First and foremost, McCredie said that the Power6 chip