IBM and Hitachi have forged an alliance to develop and manufacture servers, including IBM's upcoming AIX 5L server line, semiconductors and related components.
IBM and Hitachi will collaborate on developing chips to support Hitachi's VOS (virtual operating system). Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
IBM has been readying its next-generation Unix, AIX 5L, for an April release, and the agreement between Hitachi and IBM will in part focus on "investigating additional opportunities" for PowerPC-based AIX 5L servers, according to the companies. Hitachi agreed to add PowerPC-based servers to its product line and will sell AIX 5L servers under the Hitachi brand name. Jointly produced products will include memory cache components and multichip ceramic modules.