The Register reported late last week having come upon an IBM slide presentation that pushed Power6 availability from mid-2007 out into the “to come” time frame:
Over the past few weeks, IBM has been holding technology discussions in Germany, disclosing information on its Power-based server line. The Register happened upon the slide deck for one such presentation and noticed a major shift in the Power roadmap. IBM’s Power5+ processor has been extended out through the duration of 2007, while Power6 has been shoved into the “to come” era.
A spokesman denied any delays. “IBM is on track to launch POWER6-based servers in mid-year 2007,” he said.
You may recall that the chip was originally slated for 2006. This is the chip IBM previously revealed would approach 5 GHz clock rates. If that is indeed their target, it makes sense they could be having real yield problems in production.
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