Intel IA 64 Bit Itanium2 to Power Fujitsu Siemens Computers

7/7/2003 - CPU technology in Intel-based computing is taking a major step forward with the introduction of the new Itanium®2 processor (formerly code-named Madison) by Intel®. Fujitsu Siemens Computers will incorporate the new Intel IA 64 Bit Itanium2 processor line in future product entries of its successful Intel-based PRIMERGY and hpcLine server families.

While the focus of Fujitsu Siemens Computers remains in the 32bit space, the new technology will allow the IT company to serve users with highest demands on processing performance, optimized memory usage, extensive I/O throughput and exceptional hardware reliability. This will significantly increase the performance capability of these servers in IT infrastructure consolidation projects, where users are looking for a way of taking as many applications as possible - which used to run on several smaller servers - and combining them on a single system. The main benefits of this for users are to be seen in reduced administration and infrastructure costs. With this commitment the company is strengthening its overall strategy of Business Critical Computing in the Intel-based server segment.

With the new Itanium2 processor architecture, Intel offers a 64bit platform with growing support from major Independent Software Vendors. The release of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-bit Edition as well as the availability of the 64bit version of Microsoft SQL Server will further boost the penetration of Itanium2-based systems in the high-end server market. Combined with software solutions such as those available from SAP which extensively utilize the new features of the Itanium2 processor, complete 64bit solution stacks can be offered for Business Critical Computing scenarios.

Back-end databases, demanding mid-tier applications and high performance computing (hpc) – like in its own hpcLine – are seen by Fujitsu Siemens Computers as the main application areas that will most benefit from the new CPU architecture. A large number of Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ customers use the hpcLine for complex technical applications. They will benefit from the increased computing power and the enhanced suitability of the Madison for large CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) models.

The coming PRIMERGY server will support both Microsoft and Linux operating systems. Fujitsu Siemens Computers will start shipments of the new server in the fourth quarter of 2003.

About Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Fujitsu Siemens Computers is the leading European computer company. Serving the needs of large corporations, small- to medium-sized enterprises and consumers the company operates in all key markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It offers a unique choice of world-class computer technology and innovative IT infrastructure solutions. Embedded in a global cooperation, Fujitsu Siemens Computers takes advantage of the strengths and the innovative power of its parent companies Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG.

“Powering the Information Age” is the company´s vision. Fujitsu Siemens Computers will enable people to freely access information and services anywhere and at any time with world-leading products, services and solutions, thus ensuring people´s success within a knowledge-based society. The strategic direction is focused on Mobility and Business Critical Computing as the key drivers of the Information Age in the 21st century.

The company offers everything for enterprise computing, ranging from best-in-class Intel- and Unix-based servers to mainframes and enterprise storage solutions. It is also one of the leading providers of mobile computing products, PCs and workstations to business customers, and is the No. 1 supplier of computers for home users in Europe. For further please visit::

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