IBM currently sells a dual-processor IntelliStation M Pro workstation running on 2.4GHz Xeon chips but plans to upgrade this product by October, according to a roadmap obtained from IBM. Its replacement will come with two 2.6GHz Xeon chips from Intel, which have yet to be announced.
The new system will also ship with Microsoft's Windows XP operating system and 4Gbytes of memory, according to the roadmap. Current models of the IntelliStation M Pro ship with Windows 2000.
An IBM spokesman declined to confirm the authenticity of the roadmap, which was dated 1 February. Some products listed in the document have arrived ahead of schedule.
Workstations are powerful PCs often used by researchers and companies for computing-intensive design tasks. These systems have high-end graphics processing components and powerful chips to churn through calculations or render complex images.
The use of the 2.6GHz Intel chips would place the workstations among the top performers in IBM's line-up. Intel has yet to announce the new chips but has released 2.4GHz Xeons. Pricing on the upcoming workstation from IBM was not immediately available.