IBM has announced the launch of its Power5+ chip running at speeds of up to 1.9GHz. The processors will be available in the lower end of IBM's System p5 Express Server models, previously known as the pSeries and eServer p5.
There are four entry-server models, three of which use Power5+ processors, and a P5+ graphical workstation. IBM will now phase out its Linux-only OpenPower models.
Big Blue said that the latest chip delivers better performance, memory and bandwidth than previous Power chips, along with the ability to scale up to quad-core technology.
Phil Fifield, System p5 series business development manager at IBM, said: " This is about showing our customers that they can have performance at the right price and that there is a clear roadmap for where it is going."
The new models include the p5-520, with two processor cores; the p5-550, with two or four processor cores; the p5-550Q, with four or eight cores and a new technology that packs two physical processors into a single multi-chip module; and the p5-575+ with 16 Power5+ cores and a general focus on high-performance technical computing.
IBM is selling the IntelliStation Power 285 with one or two cores. Availability is from 14 October with UK pricing yet to be confirmed.
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