Unisys drops its proprietary processors in favor of Intel

* Unisys rolls out new servers and technology direction

Unisys this week announced a new architecture for its servers and four new mainframe systems.

The ClearPath Dorado Models 380 and 390 and Libra Models 680 and 690 are high-end systems that boost performance by as much as 40% over previous models. They run level 11 releases of the OS2200 and MCP operating environments.

The company also announced that it would shift its proprietary mainframe processors to an Intel-based architecture by the end of 2007. Using Intel processors will allow Unisys users to deploy either ClearPath OS2200 and MCP operating environments or Windows and Linux.

The new Dorado and Libra models allow Intel and Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) processors to coexist in a single system environment. They also include partitioning capabilities for balancing workloads among OS2200, MCP, Windows and Linux environments.

The new ClearPath Dorado Models 380 and 390 support as many as 32 processors and represent the high-end of the 300 Series. A XPC-L lock processor allows four Dorado servers to be clustered.

The new ClearPath Libra Models 680 and 690 offer increased performance of more than 30% over previous models. The servers are modular and allow configuration of a complement of processors, memory, communications and I/O resources that a customer can activate when they need them.

The Dorado 300s and Libra 600s are also European Community RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances) compliant.

Further they can be deployed on a capacity-on-demand or pay-per-use basis.

Unisys' new technology direction will make use of Intel Xeon and Itanium processors. Going forward, Intel processors will serve as the basis for all Unisys servers, including the ClearPath family. CMOS processors will be eliminated over time.

Pricing on the new servers is not available.

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