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New IBM IntelliStation Redefines Extreme Performance for Demanding Technical Applications

IBM to Deliver Opteron Based IntelliStation Offering

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ARMONK, N.Y. - 30 Jul 2003: IBM today announced new IntelliStation M Pro workstations that offer increased graphics performance and a compelling blend of price and performance for users in a range of technical fields including engineering, digital content creation, and electronic design automation. The new IntelliStation models are powered by the latest Intel Pentium 4 processor at speeds up to 3.2GHz, and are among the first to market with NVIDIA's new Quadro FX 3000 graphics accelerator for extreme 3D performance.

IBM is also announcing the intention to develop and deliver an IntelliStation based on the AMD Opteron processor next year.

With a choice of compact four-slot, three-bay desktop (model 6220) and a flexible six-slot, seven-bay mini-tower (model 6230), the new M Pro workstations improve data throughput with a revamped architecture fed by an 800MHz system bus and up to 4GB of fast PC2700 ECC memory.

The M Pro 6230 offers fast Serial ATA hard disk drives, or integrated Ultra320 SCSI for maximum data throughput without sacrificing an available PCI slot. Gigabit Ethernet and available integrated IEEE 1394 I/O speed huge files to their destination. Both workstations are designed for easy access to internal components with a tool-free, one-touch design.

"With the introduction of the latest M Pro workstations, we have achieved a near-perfect balance of performance amongst the key system components," said Bob Lenard, product director, IBM IntelliStation. "The NVIDIA FX 3000 graphics card opens up the rest of the system to full resource utilization, and when combined with the IntelliStation T221 display, provides an environment that is unrivaled in the workstation market."

These performance enhancements make the IntelliStation M Pro the system of choice to a number of industries. For example, the system will enable doctors to examine x-rays with an enhanced level of granularity, potentially resulting in improved diagnoses. In addition, digital animators and engineers can create a level of detail that previously would have been unattainable.

Achieving new levels of 3D speed and realism on the IntelliStation M Pro is the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3000, delivering up to 27.2 GB/second memory bandwidth, up to double the throughput of NVIDIA's previous design. The FX 3000 also combines full-scene antialiasing, a 128-bit graphics pipeline and 12-bit sub-pixel precision for the most demanding 3D visualization including large-scale CAD assemblies, medical assessment, seismic imaging, and GIS applications.

The IntelliStation M Pro is expected to be available August 25, 2003 at a starting cost of $1,179.

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