In August 2011, when Oracle released the SPARC T4, IBM decided to release something, but it was not a CPU chip, but a roadmap... problem was - IBM POWER 7+ was late.
|Courtesy, The Register|
Thank you for the IBM August 2011 POWER Roadmap tha the public marketplace has been begging for... did we miss the POWER7+ release??? A POWER 7 February 2010 launch would have POWER 7+ August 2011 launch (and today is August 31, so unless there is a launch in the next 23 hours, it looks late to me.)
|IBM Flex p260 CPU Board, courtesy The Register|
|IBM POWER 7+ die image, courtsy The Register|