Unisys mainframe systems are to be run on Intel processors following a high-end server deal between Unisys and NEC.
The high-end server development alliance, which covers extensive research and development, includes the planned migration away from Unisys’ mainframe ClearPath CMOS processor to Intel-based solutions.
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Unisys has stressed that the migration depends on Intel being able to produce a mainframe chip that beats the performance of CMOS.
Details of which chip options will be available to users in the mainframe market, as a result of the NEC alliance, won’t be available until next year.
Although Unisys’ ClearPath OS2200 mainframe operating systems are expected to eventually migrate to Intel processors, Unisys said development on CMOS would continue.