MXT technology doubles server memory, says IBM

IBM has unveiled new Memory eXpansion Technology (MXT) that can give administrators the ability to double the memory of a...

IBM has unveiled new Memory eXpansion Technology (MXT) that can give administrators the ability to double the memory of a computer while also increasing performance.

MXT will debut in IBM's eServer xSeries x330 server, a product from the company's Intel-based server line.

MXT relies on a high-speed hardware algorithm to encode data in a way that takes up only half the space normally required on the computer's main memory, according to IBM.

An improved shared-cache design within MXT keeps frequently accessed instructions closer to a computer's processors for faster access. IBM officials said MXT technology could improve a system's performance by 49%.

Like other chip technologies created by IBM Research, the company has licensed MXT for use outside IBM's product line.

MXT technology has been licensed to Broadcom's ServerWorks arm, which makes high-end systems for Intel-based server makers, including IBM competitors such as Dell, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard.

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