"IBM's longtime development strategy for its Power chips has
been to build them in a way that enables users to get the most out
of software--be it home-grown or third-party.
"The new version of IBM's 64-bit processor will be no different,
said Mark Papermaster, director of microprocessor design for IBM's
Systems Group, in Austin, Texas...
"Furthermore, the Power5--which will run at speeds faster than
1.5GHz, although officials have yet to give an exact
frequency--will continue to enable users to run 32-bit or 64-bit
applications on IBM's AIX operating system or on Linux, even