Research Triangle Park, NC —IntelliStation, IBM's NT computer workstations designed specifically for CAD/CAE users, continues its run in the top SPECviewperf benchmark scores. An M Pro equipped with the Intel 933 MHz processor with Intense3D 4210 graphics adapter achieved a 67% increase over previous IBM benchmark results. Compared to the 36.89 frames/sec of the 833 MHz processor with 4110 graphics equipped M Pro, IBM's latest configuration scored an industry-record 61.51 frames/sec, according to Product Manager Rick Rudd. For more information about the SPECviewperf 6.1.1 industry benchmark, check out www.spec.org/gpc/opc.data/procdrs-perf.html.
"In addition, we've updated our IntelliStation E Pro, M Pro, and Z Pro workstations with Intel Pentium III and Pentium II Xeon processors at speeds up to 933 MHz, and a new extreme 3D graphics solution that delivers record setting performance," says Rudd. In this new configuration, the entry-level E Pro workstations cost $4,778, while the high-end Z Pro actually starts at $4,523. The M Pro is the mid-range product line. M Pro and Z Pro are certified or compatibility tested with more than 200 applications from more than 60 leading engineering and CAD applications providers including CATIA, Pro/ENGINEER, and AutoCAD.
Later this year, IBM plans to offer engineers the next level of performance by delivering an Intel Itanium-based solution. "Based on new technologies and performance enhancements, the Itanium 64-bit processor is designed to provide customers with the next level of advanced visual computing workstation technologies," says Rudd. IBM plans to announce its new IntelliStation concurrent with Intel's announcement of Itanium processor availability later this year.
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