While Intel (INTC) has stopped trying to maximize CPU clock speeds in favor of adding cores and...

|About: Intel Corporation (INTC)|By:, SA News Editor

While Intel (INTC) has stopped trying to maximize CPU clock speeds in favor of adding cores and improving efficiency, IBM is still at it. The next CPU to go into IBM's system Z mainframe line will have a clock speed of 5.5 GHz., and Big Blue's Power7+ CPUs (to be used in high-end UNIX/Linux systems) will have cores that surpass 4.5 GHz. IBM's chip division is struggling, but in this case, its efforts help differentiate a profitable server/mainframe business that in turn drives lucrative services deals.