IBM Integrates POWER4+ Technology Into Workstations

New IBM IntelliStation POWER 275 Offers Three Times More Performance

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ARMONK, NY - 24 Jun 2003: IBM today announced a new workstation that offers three times more performance at a lower cost than its predecessor.(1) The new IntelliStation® POWER 275 is the first workstation to include IBM's POWER4+™ microprocessor technology and combines superior performance, reliability and manageability features in a flexible and affordable package for the most demanding computer aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE) and floating-point-intensive applications.

The POWER 275 features one or two 64-bit POWER4+ processors at speeds of 1.0GHz or 1.45GHz. The workstation also features the POWER GXT4500P and GXT6500P Graphics Accelerators with support for OpenGL 1.2.1, graPHICS and X11 application programming interfaces. The POWER 275 runs IBM's AIX 5L™, the industry's fastest-growing UNIX® operating system.(2)

"Today's graphics applications are increasingly complex and resource intensive, but IT budgets often limit the power available on the engineer's desktop," said Karl Freund, vice president, IBM eServer pSeries. "The POWER 275 makes no compromises in cost or performance, providing the raw power of the POWER4+ processor at an unbelievably low price."

Workstation customers are benefiting from many of the innovations driven through the company's enterprise scale development, including several from the IBM autonomic computing initiative. For example, self-managing features of the POWER 275 are designed to increase reliability, manageability and reduced maintenance costs.

To boost availability, an integrated service processor -- a computer within a computer -- monitors system health. This feature can detect error conditions within the hardware and automatically place a service call to IBM, often times before the problem becomes apparent to users. If repairs are necessary, the service processor can initiate dynamic reconfiguration, helping to minimize costly outages and reduce administrative overhead and support costs. Additional autonomic features include IBM Chipkill™ memory technology that allows detection and correction of most multi-bit memory errors, hot-swappable disk drives, redundant hot-plug cooling fans and optional redundant hot-plug power supplies.

Planned availability for the POWER 275 is on July 25, 2003, at a starting price of $7,995.(3)