IBM on Wednesday lifted the curtain on what Big Blue claims is the world's fastest computer chip, the new zEnterprise 196 (z196) processor. Minus 10 million geek points to the first person who asks, "Yes, but can it run Crysis," or any variant.
What it can do is race along at 5.2GHz, the fastest stock clockspeed ever in the world of microprocessors. This server speed demon comes with 1.4 billion transistors packed onto a 512-square millimeter surface and was designed right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. (Poughkeepsie, New York) using IBM's 45nm SOI processor technology. It's a four-core part with embedded DRAM technology, which IBM says allows for dense DRAM caches, or components, on the same chips as high-speed microprocessors.
"This world record-breaking speed is necessary for businesses managing huge workloads, such as banks, retailers, especially as the world becomes increasingly more interconnected, data has grown beyond the world's storage capacity, and business transactions continue to skyrocket," IBM said.
IBM has poured $1.5 billion in research and development and over three years of collaboration with top clients around the world coming up with its zEnterprise technology.