IBM POWER4 Wins Best Microprocessor Award

POWER4 Leads All Other Server Processors By A Significant Margin, Cahners In-Stat/MDR Says

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SAN JOSE, CA - 30 Apr 2002: IBM received the coveted Microprocessor Report Analysts' Choice Award for Best Workstation/Server Processor of 2001 at a microprocessor industry event this week. Cahners In-Stat/MDR, a leading microprocessor research firm, chose the POWER4(TM) processor over Intel's Itanium and Compaq's Alpha 21264C 1 processors.

"Considering all the server technology introduced in 2001, it is impossible to ignore the significant accomplishments of the IBM POWER4 architecture," said Kevin Krewell, Senior Analyst, Cahners In-Stat/MDR. "POWER4 simply leads all other server processors by a significant margin."

Cahners In-Stat/MDR bestowed the honor on IBM at an awards ceremony taking place this week at the Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose, California.

"It is an honor to accept this award, just two short years after POWER4 received MDR's distinguished award for Best New Technology," said IBM's director of global microprocessor design, Mark Papermaster. "We were committed to an aggressive delivery roadmap, and in 2001, our POWER4-based IBM eServer systems shipped exactly on schedule and set new world records for performance."

POWER4 fuels IBM's game-changing UNIX systems, the IBM eServer p690 enterprise server and p670 midrange server. This week, IBM introduced POWER4 processors in the new IBM eServer iSeries 890. Widely acknowledged to be at least one generation ahead of competing chips, POWER4 is the first "server on a chip," containing two one-gigahertz-plus processors, a high-bandwidth system switch, a large memory cache and I/O interface.

POWER4-based systems have already been recognized as industry-leading performers by publications such as VARBusiness, which gave the IBM eServer p690 its Editor's Choice Award, and eWeek, which awarded the p690 its eXcellence award for new server hardware.

IBM continues to lead the industry in new innovations. In 2001, IBM was awarded the most U.S. patents, with a record 3,411 issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. IBM's number surpassed the combined total of patents awarded to 12 of the largest U.S. companies in the IT industry -- Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Sun, Microsoft, Compaq, Dell, Apple, EMC, Oracle, EDS, Accenture and AOL.

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