IBM has many goals with its upcoming Power9 chip, and one is to challenge the dominance of Intel’s x86 chips in the data center.
The company wants chips based on Power architecture to take a double-digit server chip market share by 2020, said Doug Balog, general manager for Power Systems at IBM.
It’ll be a three-way battle between x86, Power, and ARM, which has a similar goal of a double-digit market share in the next four years. IBM’s Power is off to a better start in terms of socket share, Balog said. IBM already is being used in servers, while ARM server processors are largely still being tested.
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