Last week at ISSCC there were a couple of PowerPC-related announcements: first, IBM announced a “wire-speed” network processor, built around 16 4-thread 64-bit embedded PowerPC cores. The processor is supposed to be a “middle ground” between server and network processors, and contains on-chip accelerators for cryptography, XML, and regular expressions.

Second, IBM’s POWER7 was also announced. It uses 8 4-thread cores, and lots of large caches.

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