IBM announces PowerPC 970-based blades

IBM has officially confirmed a line of blade servers based on its 64-bit PowerPC 970 processor. The JS20 blade servers come with dual 1.6GHz chips and up to 4GB of RAM. The machines can be equipped with SuSE or Turbolinux, and future support is planned for Red Hat Linux and AIX.

The JS20 is IBM's first system to use the PowerPC 970, a chip that's already seeing action in Apple's Power Mac G5 workstations desktops. Apple doesn't make blade servers, so the two PowerPC 970 implementations won't directly compete with each other. However, Opteron clusters could be threatened by IBM's new 64-bit blades.

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