IBM unveiled a new Unix server on its Web site Tuesday, touting the processors in the pSeries 660 6M1 as IBM's fastest server chips to date.
The midrange, rack-mounted server uses two to eight copper-based silicon-on-insulator (SOI) microprocessors -- either the RS64 III at speeds of 500 MHz or the RS64 IV at 750 MHz. The p660-6M1 comes with 2G bytes of memory and can be expanded to 64G bytes of memory. It is equipped with 14 hot-plug PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) slots, expandable to 56 PCI slots.
IBM priced the p660-6M1 at US$62,000 in the US, marketing the server for Web functions and processing Java programs. To save money, the servers can be purchased with processors that are disabled and then later activated at the customer's request.
IBM made no formal announcement of the p660-6M1 server, instead revealing details on its Web site. An IBM spokesman would not comment on the product beyond information appearing on the site.