Fujitsu announces Itanium 2, Opteron systems

Fujitsu Computer Systems, the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Fujitsu Ltd., will begin shipping its first Itanium 2 server next month, the company said Tuesday.

The Primergy RXI600 will support between one and four processors based on Intel Corp.'s 64-bit technology and will have a maximum clock speed of 1.5GHz, said Jon Rodriguez, a senior product manager with Fujitsu Computer Systems. "It's aimed primarily at applications like large databases, enterprise applications, computer-aided engineering, anything that requires a large memory," he said.

Also on Tuesday, Fujitsu's European subsidiary, Fujitsu Siemens Computers (Holding) BV, unveiled a new workstation based on a 64-bit x86 processor developed by Intel's rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The Celsius V810, which will not be sold in the U.S., will contain as many as two AMD Opteron processors. It will have a maximum clock speed of 2.2GHz.

With the high-end V810, Fujitsu Siemens becomes the first major computer maker to sell an Opteron-based workstation, an AMD spokesman said.

Fujitsu is also working on a mainframe-class Itanium-based system that is expected to ship some time in 2005, according to Rodriguez.

The V810 will support as much as 16G bytes of RAM (random access memory) and will have a maximum storage capacity of 147G bytes. The RXI600 server comes with as much as 32G bytes of memory and will have a maximum storage capacity of 438G bytes.

Both systems will ship with either Windows or Linux.

Pricing for the RXI600 will start at US$23,000. The V810 can be ordered immediately. Fujitsu representatives in the U.S. were not able to provide pricing information for it.

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