What's new from: HP, Intel, IBM, QDI, Pioneer

What's new from: HP, Intel, IBM, QDI, Pioneer

HP ProLiant server (with Opteron)

HP has rolled out ProLiant servers featuring the AMD Opteron processor. Additionally, HP also plans to roll out Intel Xeon 64-bit extensions, in conjunction with Intel’s roadmap for later this year, into current ProLiant models. HP ProLiant servers with x86 extensions offered customers running 32-bit applications increased performance and memory addressability, the company said. In addition, they provided customers with a path to more powerful, 64-bit computing to meet evolving business needs for greater processing power and performance. For customers that require a full, robust 64-bit environment, Itanium-based HP Integrity systems offer reliability, scalability and performance.The new ProLiant servers with x86 extensions help lower costs and simplify change. Specifically, the systems provide greater memory capacity, price/performance and value to target markets including high-performance technical computing (HPC), government and financial services. The technology is sold through Australian distributors including Tech Pacific, Ingram Micro, Dicker Data and Express Data. RRP: $4695


Intel has rolled out the IA-32 Execution Layer (EL) software for systems powered by the Intel Itanium 2 processor running Microsoft Windows operating systems. According to the company, the technology provides greater flexibility for customers by increasing the performance of many 32-bit software applications and facilitating customer migration to Itanium 2-based platforms running Windows. IA-32 EL is supported in Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition for 64-Bit Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2003 Datacentre Edition for 64-Bit Itanium-based Systems; and Windows XP 64-Bit Edition. The software is available for download at IA-32 EL is a software package integrated with the operating system. Itanium 2 processors provide support for 32-bit applications using on-die hardware; however, with IA-32 EL, support for IA-32 applications will be carried out in software. After installation, execution of the 32-bit applications is transparently run using IA-32 EL. At run time, the IA-32 Execution Layer translates the IA-32 application code into native Itanium architecture code and allows it to run as native code.

IBM eServer xSeries

IBM recently unveiled the eServer xSeries 365, a 4-way, rack-optimised system that offers high-availability, massive internal storage capacity and superior performance. Small, high-powered 4-way systems have been identified as critical building blocks for companies seeking to consolidate workloads and simplify their infrastructures, according to the company. The eServer xSeries 365 was powered by the latest Intel Xeon MP processors and provided a 3U design which took up 36 per cent less floor space than competitive 4-way servers, permitting IBM to provide 40 per cent more processors per rack than Dell or HP, the company said. In addition, the x365 offers six internal hard disk drives with storage capacity of up to 876GB or an optional configuration with four internal hard disk drives and DDS tape back-up. The IBM eServer x365 starts from $10,599.25 and is available from IBM business partners or

QDI- Alacritas 520-K8

The Athlon 64 processors fitted to the QDI-Alacritas 520-K8 runs at 1.81GHz and 2GHz for the Athlon64 Mobile 3000+ and 3200+ DTR CPU, respectively at a power consumption of around 81.2W, which is markedly cooler than the 89W expelled by the desktop processors. The QDI-Alacritas is shipped with an ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 GPU (with 64MB delicated video memory). The memory controller integrated in the CPU has support for up to PC2700 DDR RAM. Alacritas is capable of supporting up to 1GB of memory (made up of two 512MB 333MHz modules), uses VIA’s K8T800 Chipset, has four-pin FireWire and four USB 2.0 ports.

Also inbuilt into the chassis is a SoundMAX Digital Audio sound interface, Broadcom 802.11g Wi-Fi adaptor and Conexant SoftK56 modem. HDD supports up to 80GB (with options of 7200rpm and other HDD sizes), and can take an internal DVD-RW (DVD-burner). The QDI-Alacritas 520-K8 (AMD Athlon64 notebook) is solely distributed by QDI Computer in Australia and New Zealand. RRP: $2595

Pioneer Power Athlon 64 8355

Pioneer Australia has launched the Power Athlon 64 3000 CPU. The system features 40GB hard disk drive, 256MB RAM, 15-inch TFT screen SXGA, DVD/CDRW combo, 100M LAN/56K modem, 1394, S/PDIF aufio, ATI 64M M9600 DDR,TV out,4x USB2, 1394, Word Perfect Office, Windows XP Home. The 8355 incorporates four high speed USB 2.0 ports and FireWire, parallel, PS/2, VGA-out, S-Video, TV-out, microphone and S/PDIF line-out ports. The front of the notebook also features a MultiMedia Card/Smart Media / Memory Stick card reader. Connectivity is catered for with a 56Kbps modem and 10/100 Ethernet connections. Although a Wi-Fi aerial is built-in, an 802.11b wireless networking module remains a $99 option. The 8355’s build quality is sturdy, the display highly viable, and the heat on its underside, although a little warm, is quite acceptable. A one-year, on site warranty is standard and can be upgraded to two or three years on site for $139 or $229, respectively. The exclusive distributor of the system is Pioneer. RRP: $2499

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