At the end of May, IBM will start shipping the new dual-processor IntelliStation A Pro system, offering AMD's Opteron processor running at up to
2.2GHz. The box will be aimed at engineers in need of powerful kit and at developers writing applications for the relatively new chip. Last year, IBM
started shipping an Opteron server aimed at the technical computing market.
"With the AMD Opteron processor, the IBM IntelliStation A Pro gives workstation users the power to handle demanding applications such as computer
aided design (CAD), computer aided engineering (CAE), petroleum exploration and production, drug discovery, digital-content creation and financial
analysis," said Bob Lenard, director of IBM's IntelliStation products. "Additionally, with AMD64 technology, our customers are getting the scalability
of 64-bit computing without sacrificing compatibility and performance for existing 32-bit applications."