As I write this column, it is early March, and details of the impending Power 5/V5R3 announcement are slowly leaking out. When you read this in May, spring will have arrived, COMMON will be in full bloom, and IBM's plans will have become clear. The Power 5 processor is the culmination of a long journey to microprocessor prominence. IBM has successfully executed its plan to build the best 64-bit processor ever. As Intel fumbles around with Itanium (its pure 64-bit architecture) and ...

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