IBM has taken some steps to push Power chips to a wider audience. The company in February introduced new Power servers for small and medium-size businesses starting at US$5,947. The current Power7+ processors have up to eight cores, and the company has listed the Power8 chip (PDF file) as being made using the 22-nanometer fabrication process. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the timeline for its Power chips.
Oracle's SPARC M6 chip will be a follow-up to the current M5 chip, which is used in a highly scalable server with up to 96 sockets and support for 32TB of memory. The M5 chip has six cores and is able to run eight threads. It runs at a maximum clock speed of 3.6GHz and has 48MB L3 cache. Oracle also makes the T5 chip, which it called the "world's fastest microprocessor." Oracle did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Fujitsu's SPARC64 X+ will likely succeed the SPARC64 X, which was developed by a joint Oracle and Fujitsu team as part of a project called "Athena." The chip has up to 16 cores and runs at a maximum clock speed of up to 3.0GHz. Servers based on Athena went on sale earlier this year.
At Hot Chips, Intel will share more details about its tablet chip code-named Bay Trail, which will reach devices late this year. Advanced Micro Devices will talk about its upcoming PC chip code-named Kabini, which was announced at Computex earlier this month and will ship in products next year.