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Search giant could pivot on server CPUs
4/7/2016 09:43 AM EDT
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Gondalf
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Re: Glad to see PowerPC still hanging in there
Gondalf   4/8/2016 4:21:32 PM
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Depends on point of views. Power was the fastest at 250W TDP and at a far higher cost of infrastructure. Power was always bad in price/performance.

We don't know what is Power 9, it is too early. It will be ready only at the end of next year. It has to be simple, cheap, moderately cool and with an economic motherboard around it to be competitive with Intel.

IBM new SKU has to be radically different from Power8 to be a candidate to Google server farms.

We need of new informations than now we don't have.

The only information we have is that RISC server market share is down year after year, and the bad trend is pretty clear unfortunately.

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Re: Glad to see PowerPC still hanging in there
DaveMcGuire   4/7/2016 9:52:57 PM
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With respect...They're talking about POWER, not PowerPC.  PowerPC is a scaled-down implementation (actually many implementations) of the POWER architecture.

 

And it's not just "still hanging in there".  POWER chips have been the fastest microprocessors on the planet for many years now, generation after generation.  Look at the stats.  Good stuff.

 

                          -Dave McGuire

 

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Glad to see PowerPC still hanging in there
betajet   4/7/2016 10:47:39 AM
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I far prefer PowerPC's instruction set to ARM and x86.  Some of my favorite designs used embedded PowerPC such as the PPC405EP, PPC403GA, and even the PPC401GF which gave you a 32-bit CPU in an 80-pin TQFP.  Those chips were easy to use and to program, with excellent documentation.

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