IntelliStation M Pro poised to take
over the world
by Laurie Peach, Associate Editor
"We want total world domination," jokes Jay
Barrett, from International Business Machines Corporation
(IBM, Durham, NC). But when it comes to the company's
IntelliStation M Pro, he isn't really joking. "This
is more than just a PC on steroids. This was specifically
designed for the needs of MCAD/MCAE, EDA, DCC, finance,
and software engineering users," says Barrett.
Several features set the workstation apart from those
already on the market. A performance enhancement program
(PEP) is a little engine that sits on the system and
optimizes the hardware, changing settings as you work.
"We took the characterization work normally done
in an engineer's brain and wrote it into a software
package," says Barrett. Improved system performance
includes: a 33% bandwidth increase for the CPU; 50%
bandwidth increase for the L2 Cache; a new 100-MHz front
bus, and dual processor enabler. The station supports
everything from AGP-based Matrox Millennium II with
8 Mbytes of on-board memory to Intergraph GT geometry
accelerator and Appian graphics. The user can choose
what level of performance he or she prefers. "Prior
to this, IBM was just keeping up with the Jones. Now,
look out," Barrett says. The Windows NT-based workstation
is immediately available.
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