IBM's servers get high-quality copper chips

IBM's servers get high-quality copper chips

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

IBM Corp.'s copper-connected processors are now available in entry-level RS/6000 high-performance servers.

Models 270 and 170 have IBM's 64-bit Power3-II processors, which carry extra transistors on copper microcircuits, said Tim Dougherty, director of IBM's RS/6000 business.

Copper conducts electricity better than standard aluminum connections. IBM's copper chips have 50 percent more transistors and consume about 30 percent less power than the RISC predecessors, Dougherty said.

IBM introduced the copper chips on its high-end S80 Enterprise Servers last year and will put them into the rest of the RS/6000 line this year, Dougherty said.

The company's Model 270 accepts up to four 375-MHz Power3-II chips in a symmetric multiprocessing configuration.

It can have up to 8G of memory and 55G of internal disk storage, Dougherty said.

A uniprocessor Model 170 with 333- or 400-MHz Power3-II has maximum memory and internal disk storage of 2G and 72G, respectively.

Like the rest of the RS/6000 line, models 270 and 170 have internal service processors whose only function is to monitor operations. Such processors are much more common in high-end servers than in entry-level products, Dougherty said.

Both servers run AIX, IBM's proprietary version of Unix, and they bundle an AIX Bonus Pack of 22 software tools, including evaluation copies of Oracle8i Server and IBM DB2 Universal Database 6.1.

Pricing for a uniprocessor Model 270 starts at $16,995; a four-way system starts at $35,995. A 333-MHz Model 170 starts at $10,495 and the 400-MHz version at $15,495. All the prices assume a base memory of 256M and a 9.1G hard drive.

Contact IBM at 800-426-2255.

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