ISSCC 2011
Conference paper

A 5.2GHz microprocessor chip for the IBM zEnterprise™ system

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The microprocessor chip for the IBM zEnterprise 196 (z 196) system is a high-frequency, high-performance design that adds support for out-of-order instruction execution and increases operating frequency by almost 20% compared to the previous 65nm design, while still fitting within the same power envelope. Despite the many difficult engineering hurdles to be overcome, the design team was able to achieve a product frequency of 5.2GHz, providing a significant performance boost for the new system. © 2011 IEEE.