Well, one thing to realize with chip production is not that they necessarily
can't get higher speeds to work, but that yield in fabrication is usually
too small.

Motorola and Applehad this problem with their G4 chips.  They had them
engineered for a higher clock speed, but the fab process would yield such a
bad ratio of working:not working that it was not cost efficient for them to
actually use and sell them.

In the niche markets of supercomputers, I assume you can pay a premium for
high speed processors.  May be affordable for governments to cover the yield
cost, just not affordable for everyone else.

Adam Lang
Systems Engineer
Rutgers Casualty Insurance Company
----- Original Message -----
From: "Pat Barber" <mboceanside@worldnet.att.net>
To: <midrange-l@midrange.com>
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2002 4:14 PM
Subject: Re: Peek at iSeries future?

> I didn't really see the I-Series mentioned per se....
> This is an old battle IBM fights on a regular basis with the press.
> This is a "tiny" market for IBM(super computers) but really big $$$
> so they continue to come up with the gee wizzzzz size boxes that are
> faster than the speed of light.... Last I read, the RS/6000 still
> holds the "title" for fastest of the Unix crowd...but that changes,
> on what appears to be a daily basis.
> For the blazing fast boxes, you need(but can't) see the boxes that
> IBM develops for the good old government(give-mint).
> I would bet that the boys at NSA and various other agencies have
> some real sporty processors of varying speeds.... and because of
> recent events, even more on order.

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