IBM beefs up IntelliStation with Power 4+ chip

The new IntelliStation Power 275 from IBM uses the Power 4+ chip, making it IBM's highest-performing Unix workstation, the company said in a release Tuesday.

The Power 4+ processor was rolled out across IBM's pSeries Unix servers earlier this year, and is now making its way down to the workstation level. Up to two processors at either 1.0GHz or 1.45GHz can be used in the Power 275 workstation.

The Power 275 also comes with Power GXT4500P or GXT6500P graphics accelerators, IBM said. Unix workstations are often used for CAD/CAE (computer aided design/computer aided engineering) work by design engineers or software developers, and require high-end graphics cards.

IBM, based in Armonk, New York, included an integrated service processor into the workstation that detects problems as they occur in the system and places a request for service with IBM automatically, the company said.

The Power 275 will be available on July 25 for US$7,995, IBM said. This price includes a single 1.0GHz Power4+ processor, 1G byte of memory, a 36.4G-byte hard drive, a DVD-ROM drive, the GXT4500P graphics accelerator, and the AIX operating system.

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