IBM z13, world’s fastest microprocessor – on SOI, of course!

A 22nm SOI chip is at the heart of IBM’s new z13 mainframe, one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built. (Augusto Menezes/Feature Photo Service for IBM)
A 22nm SOI chip is at the heart of IBM’s new z13 mainframe, one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built. (Augusto Menezes/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

The recently announced IBM z13, which is billed as the world’s fastest microprocessor, is built on SOI (of course!) (read the press release here).

At the heart of the latest in the IBM z-series of mainframes, the chip is manufactured in 22nm SOI (partially depleted). IBM says it is 2X faster than the most common server processors, has 300 percent more memory, 100 percent more bandwidth and vector processing analytics to speed mobile transactions. As one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built, the z13 is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day, enabling transaction analysis in “real time” to help prevent fraud as it is occurring, allowing financial institutions to halt the transaction before the consumer is impacted.

IBM says the z13 lowers the cost of running cloud. For compared environments, it is estimated that a z Systems cloud on a z13 will have a 32 percent lower total cost of ownership over three years than an x86 cloud and a 60 percent lower total cost of ownership over three years than a public cloud.

The z-series has been on SOI since it first launched in 2003.

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