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IBM Claims First Workstation Based On AMD Dual-Core Processor

As the dual-core duel heats up, IBM announced Thursday that it is about to ship a workstation based on AMD’s dual-core chips.

IBM also announced that some offerings in its eServer 326 1U product line will also use AMD’s dual-core Opteron processors.

The IntelliStation A Pro 6217 is the first workstation on the market to feature AMD’s new dual-core Opteron 275 Series processors, according to an IBM statement. The announcement comes just as both AMD and Intel move to reinforce their 64-bit dual-core processor positions.

The A Pro 6217 features PCI Express x16 2D/3D graphics from NVIDIA and 3Dlabs with dual-display support. IBM’s new workstation can hold two AMD Opteron dual-core processors for up to four-cores per system. It can also be configured with up to 16 GB of PC3200 ECC memory.

IBM will start taking orders for the A Pro 6217 on Tuesday, but it won’t be generally available until June, the company said in a statement. Prices starting at $3,259. The eServer 326 models with dual-core AMD Opteron processors can be ordered in May, with pricing to be announced.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

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