Motorola boosts speed, lowers voltage of PowerPC chips

Motorola has announced it has boosted the clock speeds of its PowerPC 750 line of microprocessors while cutting the power required to run them. The company says its 366-, 333- and 300MHz Power PC microprocessors are now designed to operate at a new low voltage. For example, the 1.9 volt 300MHz PowerPC 750 chip consumes around 3.4 watts, less than half of the 7 watts of the 2.6 volt version, according to a statement from Motorola.

Motorola has announced it has boosted the clock speeds of its PowerPC 750 line of microprocessors while cutting the power required to run them.

The company said that its 366-, 333- and 300MHz Power PC microprocessors are now designed to operate at a new low voltage. For example, the 1.9 volt 300MHz PowerPC 750 chip consumes around 3.4 watts, less than half of the 7 watts of the 2.6 volt version, according to a statement from Motorola.

"It runs faster and therefore performs at a higher performance level and at a lower voltage," said Jeff Gorin, a spokesman for the company.

The new PowerPC 750 chips are available now and feature 3.3v I/Os, a 32Kb instruction cache, a 32Kb data cache and 6.35 million transistors, according to Motorola's statement.

Motorola, located in Schaumburg, Illinois, can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.mot.com/.

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