In a bid to boost its presence in the lucrative workstation market, IBM is to combine two existing workstation product lines that run its AIX Unix variant under the IntelliStation product name.
Workstations, high performance desktops used for complex interactive tasks such as trend analysis or chip design, command high margins for the manufacturers.
The current market leaders are SGI, Sun Microsystems and Dell in a market estimated at $7.5bn. Big Blue, however, has not had a significant presence in the sector in recent years.
IBM will also announce new models using the IntelliStation Power brand for Unix workstations and IntelliStation Pro for Intel-based workstations.
The IntelliStation Power Model 265 includes IBM's GXT6500P or GXT4500P graphics card, 2 x 450MHz Power3 processors and 8Gb of memory.
The IntelliStation Pro models are the low-end 6204 and 6214, the mid-range 6229 and the top-end 6850. They will use the Intel Pentium 4 or Zeon 2.2GHz chips.
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