IBM boosts IntelliStation with Power 4+ chip

The IntelliStation Power 275 from IBM uses the Power 4+ chip, making it IBM's highest-performing Unix workstation, the company...

The IntelliStation Power 275 from IBM uses the Power 4+ chip, making it IBM's highest-performing Unix workstation, the company claimed yesterday.

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 included an integrated service processor into the workstation which detects problems as they occur in the system and places a request for service with IBM automatically.

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

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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