IBM releases new lower power PowerPC processors

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

IBM has introduced two single-core PowerPC processors that use up to 50% less power than previous models. The PowerPC 750CL is a 32-bit processor with speeds ranging from 400MHz to 1GHz. The 970GX is a much more powerful 32 and 64-bit chip that runs from 1.2 to 2.5 GHz.

The 750CL has 256 kB of L2 cache while the 970GX has 1MB of cache. Compared to the previous model, IBM says the 750CL uses 50% less energy which makes it ideal for consumer electronics and other embedded applications. Multimedia and high-end communications devices are the target of the 970GX.

The chips could also find their way into independant game consoles. IBM has a virtual monopoly in consoles with the Xbox 360 and the upcoming Nintendo Wii using the PowerPC processor. The Playstation 3 will use IBM's Cell processor.

The PowerPC 750CL and 970GX are available immediately.