Influential microprocessor industry publication Microprocessor Watch has announced the nominations for its 2003 Analysts' Choice Awards – and the G5 processor is up for a gong.

Editor-in-chief Peter Glaskowsky writes: " This year's categories represent the most interesting and dynamic product areas in the industry. The nominees represent the best of the best."

IBM's PowerPC 970 (aka G5) has been nominated for an award in the Desktop Processors category, where it competes with AMD's Athlon 64 and Intel's Pentium 4.

The next-generation of the technology the PowerPC 970 is based on, the Power5 chip, "steps up integration and performance, as each processor core is now multithreaded," the publication states.

The PowerPC 970 borrows its technologies from the Power4 chip, the Power5 is regarded within the industry as a potential technology model for building future desktop computer chips, possibly for Apple.

The report states that the Power5 supports up to 128-way multithreaded processing, promising yet more performance gains.