Power9 Opens IBM to Partners

CUPERTINO, Calif. — IBM’s Power 9 processor, described for the first time at Hot Chips yesterday, could become a break out chip, seeding new OEM and accelerator partners and rejuvenating Big Blue’s bid against archrival Intel in high-end servers.

The 14nm Power 9, first mentioned in March, takes a bold if somewhat fragmented strategy in the hot area of accelerators. It is IBM’s first Power chip to emerge as a family to enable a range of scale up and scale out system designs.

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