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IBM Announces Winners of Shared University Research Awards

Universities to Implement Cell Broadband Engine Technology; Enhance Student Skills and Foster Innovation in the Creation of Digital Media, Software Platform Performance and Medical Imaging Solutions

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ARMONK, NY - 12 Dec 2006: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that ten universities spanning multiple geographies have been chosen as winners of the latest IBM Shared University Research (SUR) awards. For the first time, each of the universities will be using the Cell Broadband Engine™ (Cell/B.E.) technology to enable students and faculty to drive innovation, collaborate and foster skill development in the creation of digital media, software platform performance and medical imaging solutions.

As research helps drive innovation and growth, new skills are required to staff the emerging disciplines and technologies, leading to tremendous opportunities to drive Cell/B.E. technology into multiple areas.

"Because of its ability to handle compute-intensive applications, we are seeing tremendous demand to incorporate Cell/B.E. microprocessor technology in a host of products, solutions and opportunities outside of gaming," said Lilian Wu, Program Executive, IBM University Relations and Innovation. "All of these universities have very unique ideas on how they think Cell/B.E. technology can be applied to help solve different problems, as well as using the technology to encourage skill development among its students and faculty. IBM is proud to collaborate with these universities to make these innovation ideas possible."

The ten winning universities include:

North America

Europe, Middle East and Asia

The revolutionary Cell/B.E. processor is a breakthrough design featuring a central processing core, based on IBM's industry-leading Power Architecture™ technology, and eight synergistic processing elements (SPE). Cell/B.E. "supercharges" compute-intensive applications, offering fast performance for computer entertainment and handhelds, virtual reality, wireless downloads, real-time video chat, interactive TV shows and other "image-hungry" computing environments. The groundbreaking Cell/B.E. processor appears in products such as Sony Computer Entertainment's PLAYSTATION®3, Toshiba's Cell/B.E Reference Set, a development tool for Cell/B.E. products, and already is included in the IBM BladeCenter® QS20, or "Cell Blade." The Cell/B.E. processor is also used through joint collaboration with Mercury Computer Systems, Inc., targeted at aerospace and defense, semiconductor, medical imaging, and other markets.

IBM's highly selective SUR program awards computing equipment, software, and services globally to higher education institutions in order to facilitate research projects of mutual interest, including: the architecture of business and processes, real-time data analysis, privacy and security, supply chain management, information based medicine, deep computing, event-driven computing, and storage solutions. The SUR awards also support the advancement of university projects by connecting top researchers in academia with IBM researchers, along with representatives from product development and solution provider communities. IBM supports more than 50 SUR awards per year worldwide.

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For more information on IBM's SUR award project, please visit: http://www-304.ibm.com/jct09002c/university/scholars/sur/

For more information on IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions, please visit http://www.ibm.com/technology.

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