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IBM Leads Support of Dual-Core AMD Opteron Processor With New IntelliStation A Pro

Providing Customers Faster, More Graphically Adept Workstations With Server-Inspired Reliability

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ARMONK, NY - 21 Apr 2005: IBM today announced strong support for Dual-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processors in the IBM eServer and IntelliStation product lines with the introduction of a more robust, powerful workstation, the IntelliStation A Pro 6217.

IBM also announced today that the IBM eServer 326 high-performance 1U server line will be expanded to include the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors. In 2003, IBM was the first tier one OEM to introduce AMD Opteron support with their server and workstation line.

One of the first workstations on the market to feature AMD's new Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor Model 275, the A Pro 6217 was designed with many of the reliable, innovative features of the IBM eServer xSeries.

IBM customers are using the IntelliStation series in diverse fields like engineering and digital content creation to facilitate tasks such as product design, movie production, chemical and petroleum, and chip manufacturing. One such customer is Santa Monica-based Luminetik Animation Studios, a 3D Animation and Visual Effects House.

Luminetik conducted extensive tests and found that the IBM IntelliStation A Pro delivered the highest quality image and solved every complex production issue the company faced, freeing up valuable time for its artists. In fact, IntelliStation allowed Luminetik to increase rendering speeds up to 1400 percent for very large projects.

"With the AMD Opteron architecture, IntelliStation drops render times so significantly, it gives Luminetik artists the freedom to create without fear of technology limitations," said Akiko Ashley, principal at Luminetik Animation Studios. "I'm very eager to begin work with the new A Pro. I am looking forward to seeing what sort of performance gains we get, particularly with the rendering applications which are multithreaded, providing us the maximum performance boost from dual core."

"AMD64 dual-core technology builds on the already strong value proposition our standards-based IntelliStation workstation provides to customers," said Bob Lenard, director, IntelliStation product line, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "Besides the addition of dual core, IBM engineered the new A Pro to be faster, more agile, cooler and quieter with more graphical ability, allowing the performance and reliability levels that IBM continuously meets to remain at the highest level. Our customers have helped us shape this product by telling us what technology features they require to advance their businesses to the next level and we have responded."

"IBM demonstrated its confidence in AMD64 technology as the first tier one vendor to bring AMD Opteron processor-based systems to the market two years ago. Today IBM is delivering even more processing muscle to customers with a new workstation powered by the Dual-Core AMD Opteron processor," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, Computation Products Group, AMD. "As IBM expands its AMD64 family of solutions, customers can tap into the inherent time-to-market advantage of AMD's dual-core technology, as well as its multi-tasking and multithreaded capabilities ideally suited for datacenter and data-intensive workstation applications."

IntelliStation features lead the pack
IBM was the first tier one vendor to introduce AMD Opteron processors in workstations, and IBM continues to lead the industry today with the second-generation A Pro. Leveraging the technology of its award-winning IntelliStation product, IBM's new A Pro builds on the AMD64 architecture to address customer's multitasking workflow issues and use of multithreaded applications.

The IntelliStation A Pro 6217 is further demonstration of IBM's commitment to provide customers with hardware solutions designed to maximize space and minimize business disruption. The IntelliStation A Pro's compact AMD Opteron processor-based workstation form factor makes it just as convenient to keep on the desk top as to rack-mount in the datacenter.

The A Pro 6217 features the next generation of PCI Express x16 2D/3D graphics from NVIDIA® and 3Dlabs® with dual-display support for greater bandwidth and flexibility. The new extreme 3D graphics from 3DLabs Wildcat Realizm has already achieved some of the highest benchmark results in the industry.

Other new features of IBM's IntelliStation A Pro 6217 include:

More information is available at www.ibm.com/intellistation and at www.ibm.com/eserver/opteron.

Pricing and availability
The IBM IntelliStation A Pro 6217 will be preinstalled with Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional (32-bit) or Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 3 WS (64-bit). The product will be available to order beginning April 26, 2005 and is planned to be generally available in June, with pricing starting at $3259 in the U.S.

The IBM eServer 326 models with Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors will be orderable in May, with pricing released at that time.

Contact(s) information

Tim Willeford
IBM Media Relations
(978) 878-3245
twilleford@us.ibm.com