IBM has announced the availability of its x450 server, the first product from the company to use Intel's Itanium 2 processor.
The server uses IBM's Enterprise X-Architecture server chipset, which was developed to run servers of up to 16 processors. It supports the PCI-X (peripheral component interconnect-extended) bus technology and ECC (error correcting code) memory, and can work with both 64-bit Itanium chips and 32-bit Xeon chips.
IBM had demonstrated the x450 for attendees at Linuxworld last July, and built a cluster with the x450 at The National Center of Supercomputing Applications.
Hewlett-Packard has also released workstations with the Itanium 2 processor, and Unisys unveiled a datacentre server with Itanium 2 and Xeon processors last week.
Intel will release the next version of Itanium 2, codenamed Madison, around the middle of this year. Madison will contain a larger Level 3 cache than the exisitng Itanium chip, run at 1.5GHz, and come with software that enhances the performance of the chip's built-in 32-bit processing capability.
Dell Computer is expected to release its Itanium server after Madison has been launched.