March 14, 1997 11:00 AM ET
IBM set to unveil high-octane workstations
By Lisa DiCarlo

  HANNOVER, Germany--IBM Personal Computer Co. will introduce next Tuesday the first in a line of high-performance workstations, called IntelliStation.

The first product, the IntelliStation Z Pro, supports dual 200MHz Pentium Pro processors, up to 1GB of RAM, 9GB Ultra SCSI hard drives and 10/100M-bps Ethernet, said Satish Gupta, general manager of IBM's Professional Workstations, in Raleigh, N.C.

In addition, the systems will be available with either a Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd. Millennium two-dimensional graphics card or an Intergraph Corp. Intense3D Pro 1000T for three-dimensional capability.

Beyond the standard high-end graphics workstation fare, however, IBM has built in a range of system management features usually associated with more mainstream business desktops.

For example, the Intel Corp. network interface card sports IBM's Wake-on-LAN capability, allowing IS administrators to remotely power on a system for management and updates.

Wake-on-LAN now also includes the capability to flash update a BIOS over a corporate network, as well as Setup over LAN, which lets administrators configure a system setup.

The capability is the first tangible fruit of the IBM/Intel Advanced Manageability Alliance announced late last year. The companies pledged to integrate some of their respective networking products in an effort to streamline client management.

In the future, IBM also will deliver workstations based on Intel's Pentium II processor, as well as higher-end systems that support RAID storage, Gupta said.

Pricing for the Z Pro, to be formally announced at a press conference in New York, will start at about $4,000 for a single-processor system.

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