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IBM Boosts Blades With Cell Processor

In a bundle of new blade announcements Wednesday, IBM said it is looking to use its advanced cell processor in its new blade servers.

The company is also preparing to introduce its new POWER 6 processor.

IBM unveiled a nine-core IBM Cell blade, a dual-core POWER processor-based BladeCenterJS21 and an ultra low-power Intel-based BladeCenter HS20 at a news conference in New York.

With the highest blade density in a chassis, IBM is delivering storage, networking and security in a single, collapsed datacenter.

The ultra low power Intel-based BladeCenter HS20 is a dual-core blade with what IBM says is the industry's best performance per watt. BladeCenter H supports a Cisco 4X InfiniBand Switch Module with high-speed interconnect capability that is four times faster than previous generations. It is equipped for applications requiring 10Gb Ethernet or 10Gb Fibre Channel. It enables data to travel up to ten times faster than previously.

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