IBM ENHANCES 486 PS/2s: ANNOUNCES LEADING-EDGE SERVER
IBM ENHANCES 486 PS/2s: ANNOUNCES LEADING-EDGE SERVER NEW YORK, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today broke new
ground in server technology, announcing one of the fastest PCs in the industry. The new system is designed to deliver high-performance and unique reliability features for customers in PC network environments. IBM also began shipping an affordable and powerful tower and desktop workstation.
Topping the list of new systems is the PS/2(Note A) Model 95 XP 486 50 megahertz (MHz) server. As more and more customers move their business applications to PC local area networks (LANs), LAN server machines become critical to business operations. It is vital that these systems deliver the highest levels of data integrity, round-the-clock availability and speed. "We listened to our customers' need and delivered the new high- availability Model 95, which runs three times as fast as current Model 90 and 95 systems in heavily-loaded LAN environments using an IBM 32-bit busmaster streaming data Token Ring adapter that will be available later this year," said Paul C. Mugge, vice president of technology for Personal System's Entry Systems Technology. New features to increase system performance The new Model 95 system is an ideal file or database server, delivering the blazing speed customers in these environments demand. Exceptional Micro Channel data transfer rates are possible on the new system, with up to 40 megabytes (MB) per second to system memory--twice that of current IBM Micro Channel computers. Customers can configure the Model 95 Server with a remarkable 2.3 gigabytes (GB) of storage internally using IBM's recently announced 1 GB SCSI hard disk and over 20 GB externally using IBM's SCSI enclosures. New reliability features tailored for LAN environments In addition to speed, customers require data protection. The new Model 95 server offers reliability features unmatched by other machines in its class. To ensure data integrity, it comes standard with 16 megabytes (MB) of Error Checking and Correction (ECC) memory that is designed to protect users from most memory errors. These errors can often crash a system, risking loss of valuable data and interrupting user productivity. ECC memory catches, corrects and records most memory errors on-the-fly and detects and records others, making later diagnosis of recurring memory problems easier for LAN administrators. Because most of the enhancements are implemented on the processor complex, existing Model 90 and 95 customers can upgrade to this new level of system performance by simply installing the new processor complex. The new system has also been designed to support the grueling power-on hours of a LAN server system. The Model 95 server will be available with either a 400 MB or 1 GB SCSI hard disk in July 1992. New 486DX2 Systems Available IBM today began shipping a Model 95 tower and a Model 90 desktop system featuring Intel's new DX2 microprocessor. The new chip utilizes a unique speed doubling technology that allows the internal speed of the processor to run at a swift 50 MHz while using the less expensive 25 MHz clock designs. The outcome is a powerful yet affordable system that delivers up to 70 percent performance improvement in workstation environments and up to 18 percent for heavily-loaded LAN applications over current 25 MHz system. The new systems replace the existing Model 90 and 95s based on the i486 33 MHz microprocessor, offering improved performance at no additional cost. Also, in continuing IBM's commitment to protecting our customers' investment, IBM provides a variety of processor complex upgrades, including the i486 50MHz and one using the DX-2 25/50 MHz microprocessor. In addition, the i486 DX-2 Microprocessor upgrade, a new chip that allows existing customers' of IBM's Model 90 and 95 486SX 25 MHz systems to easily upgrade to DX-2 performance, will be available in June 1992. Pulling it all together These new products announced today are supported under IBM's recently announced Helpware customer support program. The new toll free telephone service delivers a broad range of comprehensive free and fee services, including network planning, installation and tuning. System Price IBM PS/2 Model 95 XP 486 50MHz Server $22,645 with 1 GB hard drive IBM PS/2 Model 95 XP 486 50MHz Server $19,995 with 400 MB hard drive IBM PS/2 Model 95 XP 486DX-2 50MHz $12,095 with 400 MB hard drive IBM PS/2 Model 90 XP 486DX-2 50MHz $9,795 with 400 MB hard drive IBM PS/2 Model 90 XP 486DX-2 50MHz $7,895 with 160 MB hard drive IBM PS/2 486DX-25/50 $845 Microprocessor Upgrade Price Changes System Old Price New Price IBM PS/2 Model 90 XP 486 33MHz $9,795 $7,395 with 160 MB hard drive IBM PS/2 Model 90 XP 486 33MHz $12,495 $9,295 with 400 MB hard drive IBM PS/2 Model 95 XP 486SX 25MHz $11,895 $11,295 with 400 MB hard drive IBM PS/2 Model 95 XP 486 33MHz $14,645 $11,595 with 400 MB hard drive (Note A) -- Indicates trademark or registered trademark of
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