IBM announced a new line of servers based on X3, a new version of its "Summit" server chipset.
The first system to feature the X3 will be the eServer xSeries 366 which can use up to 4 of Intel's 64-bit Xeon processors. It will also feature support for the upcoming dual-core Xeon processors. These servers will be available within 3 months and will start selling at approx. $6,000.
The X3 aims to bring more mainframe-like capabilities, such as virtualization, to relatively inexpensive servers based on Intel chips. The move is meant to boost the machines' performance and set them apart from competitors'.