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IBM ANNOUNCES AS/400 F SERIES PROCESSORS WITH INDUSTRY-LEADING PERFORMANCE

 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) today announced a new generation of Application System/400(Note A) F Model processors, the third complete refresh in less than two years, that provides up to 60 percent more throughput, supports more communications lines and operates with up to twice as much integrated disk storage.
 The 14 new processors offer price/performance increases averaging 26 percent, and performance increases ranging from 15 to 60 percent.
 The new machines expand the already broad performance range of the popular AS/400 family of business computers. The top-of-the-line 9406 Model F95 has performance comparable to the middle range of mainframe computers. It provides more than 25 times the throughput of the entry- level 9402 Model F02, which is priced comparably to the most powerful PS/2s(A).
 The processors have turned in outstanding performances on the Transaction Processing Performance Council's complex and "real world" measurement C (TPC-C) benchmark for online transactions.
 The high-end 9406 Model F80 ran 580.3 transactions per minute on benchmark C (tpmC) with a cost of $3,280 per tpmC. The F80 throughput eclipsed all previously announced models from major competitors including Hewlett-Packard's(Note B) 9000 Series 800 Model H40.
 The popular AS/400 Model 9404 F10 achieved 66.1 tpmC at $2,097 per tpmC. The Model F35, entry machine for the high-end 9406 model group, ran 98.6 tpmC at $2,446 per tpmC.
 Based on IBM's RAMP-C benchmark, the 14 new processors provide an average increase in processing power of 35 percent. Based on the TPC-C benchmark, Models F10 and F35 provide performance improvements of more than 80 percent over previously tested E models.
 High-end Systems
 IBM has combined leading technologies to build powerful system processors for the high-end Model F70 and for the F80, F90 and F95 multiprocessors. The F80, F90 and F95 use two, three and four tightly coupled system processors integrated through N-way multiprocessor architecture.
 Engineers used advanced photolithography and developed a new logic module, a hybrid of bipolar and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technologies. They packed 25 percent more circuits on a chip and repackaged the chips from a printed circuit board into one multichip module -- with 20 times greater reliability and almost twice the logic speed of previous technology.
 The new Bi-CMOS chips decrease the cycle time to 26 nanoseconds, and new packaging techniques combine five of the powerful logic chips and 10 processor cache memory chips on the single system processor module.
 Based on the RAMP-C benchmark, the high-end 9406 F processors provide 25 to 60 percent more throughput, and they can be configured with increased DASD (direct access storage device) storage and up to twice as much main storage.
 Maximum main storage has been increased up to 192 megabytes (MB) on the F50, up to 256MB on the F60 and the system maximum, 512MB, on the F70. Maximum internal DASD on the 9406 models has been tripled with adoption of the 1GB, 3-1/2-inch disk drive, introduced on smaller AS/400 systems last year. The drives provide a maximum of 3.9GB of internal DASD on 9406 systems (including the 9406 D and E models).
 With the increase to 3.9GB of internal storage, many businesses may find that the popular F35 and F45 models meet disk storage requirements without attachment of external DASD.
 External DASD capacity has been increased on all 9406 F models, and it has been more than doubled on the Model F70 to the system maximum of 165.2GB, matching the Models F80, F90 and F95.
 The new models support more workstation controllers, up to the system maximum of 60 on the F70, F80, F90 and F95. The Model F60 supports 49 communications lines and the F70 supports the system maximum, 64.
 Midsize Systems
 On the three 9404 midsized systems, IBM has increased performance 30 percent on the Model F10tching the F25. The Models F20 and F25 can now support up to four LANs and up to 240 workstations.
 The 1.2GB 1/4-inch Cartridge Tape Unit is now standard on midsize 9404 base models for save/restore backup storage. The processors can also attach the 3490 Magnetic Tape Subsystem, providing up to 2.4GB per cartridge using the enhanced cartridge and compression.
 Entry-level Systems
 Processing power of the entry-level 9402 models has been increased 25 percent on the entry-level F02, 30 percent on the F04 and 25 percent on the F06. The 1.2GB 1/4-inch tape unit is standard, and the systems can support up to twice as many workstations on the Model F02 and up to more than 100 on the F06.
 The smallest AS/400, 9402 Model F02, will now support up to 28 twinaxial workstations and up to eight communication lines. With its increased attachment capability and improved price/performance, the F02 provides a very economical platform for standalone business computer systems and as a network node of a larger company.
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 (B) -- Trademark or registered trademark of the indicated company: Hewlett-Packard (Hewlett-Packard Co.).
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 /CONTACT: Jeff Cross, 212-230-5242, or after today, 914-642-5358; or Barbara McNair, 212-230-5242, or after today, 914-642-5357, both of IBM/
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