IBM Announces New Software for Managing Data Centers

IBM (NYSE:IBM) introduced ground-breaking new software for managing data centers. The new technology has the potential to dramatically cut the cost of operations while speeding the deployment of new applications from weeks to minutes.

The introduction of IBM’s new VMControl product for enterprises, combined with IBM Tivoli software, gives businesses for the first time a single point of control across multiple types of IT systems and virtualization technologies. It spans UNIX/Linux, mainframe, x86 and storage systems and networks.

VMControl helps companies that have turned to virtualization – the creation of multiple virtual servers or storage on a single physical system – to reduce infrastructure costs, but have encountered new struggles as they try to manage enterprises made up of disparate platforms, each with their own virtualization technology.

VMControl allows combinations of physical and virtual IBM servers to be managed as a single entity. This approach – known as system pooling – expands the benefits of virtualization by helping corporate data centers simplify complex management functions and better share and prioritize use of critical resources such as processing power, memory and storage.

Centralizing control of virtualized environments brings new intelligence to data center operations. Companies can manage their vast pools of information and processing resources and parcel them out to applications when and where they’re needed. This breakthrough capability not only increases the overall capacity utilization of the IT infrastructure to lower capital, operational and energy costs, and improves application availability, but gives IT managers the flexibility to adapt to new demands being prompted by the surge of data from internet-connected devices.

VMControl will also accelerate the deployment of new IT delivery models, like cloud computing, which allows information and processing resources to be tapped from afar.

“IBM has provided Winn-Dixie with many innovative solutions to help us increase productivity, maximize our resources and save money for more than 15 years,” said Charlie Weston, Group Vice President, Information Technology for the Jacksonville, Fla.-based grocer. “We are extremely confident that the launch of the VMControl product will be equally as successful for IBM’s customers.”

The new product, together with IBM Tivoli software, helps companies address and improve service and reduce cost and risk. IBM today announced a new version of Tivoli Provisioning Manager that provides enhanced automation of the manual tasks of provisioning and configuring servers, operating systems, middleware, software applications, storage and network devices.

Whether businesses are moving to the cloud or looking to deliver IT within the data center as cloud services, the sheer scale and velocity of data growth as well as the now-permanent reality of having to do more with less make VMControl essential for data centers. The combination of VMControl and Tivoli offers several benefits, such as:

Faster response to business needs: A reduction in the skills, tools and tasks required to deploy new workloads. With VMControl, companies can offer rapid deployments of new workloads (from weeks to minutes) while maintaining control over IT resources. Businesses can adapt to changing business needs and support new and diverse types of workloads in accordance with service-level agreements.

More efficient use of resources: To configure, operate and monitor physical and virtualized resources across multiple IBM hardware platforms would otherwise require as many as dozens of different management techniques. Buying, building and maintaining disparate management tools take up significant portions of IT budgets. VMControl reduces the management tools to one, cutting costs of operations.

Awareness, consistency and predictability of operations: Business can monitor, maintain and adjust the service levels required by each computing workload handled by the pool of IT resources. It also can help predict and react to system problems. By moving workloads away from failing systems, VMControl can ensure workloads maintain application availability and avoid unplanned down time.

Enabling Smarter Systems: VMControl’s ability to dynamically move workloads and make adjustments allow IBM systems to be more effectively utilized, use less power and cooling and provide a much more resilient infrastructure.

The new product — IBM® Systems Director VMControl™ Enterprise Edition — supports IBM’s PowerVM and z/VM as well as x86 virtualization technologies such as VMWare, Hyper-V and open x86 virtualization solutions. VMControl Enterprise Edition will be available on IBM Power Systems running AIX in December, 2009. Additional support for other platforms is planned for next year as part of a dynamic infrastructure.

For more information: http://www.ibm.com/dynamicinfrastructure

IBM Breaks Speed Record Processing Financial Market Data

IBM Breaks Speed Record Processing Financial Market Data
BladeCenter HS22 server, running Thomson Reuters Market Data System, crunches over one million financial data updates per second

IBM announced the company set a new technology benchmark for the financial services industry, delivering IBM’s fastest recorded throughput performance and lowest network latency on Reuters Market Data System v6.3 (RMDS). The measurements, achieved using the IBM BladeCenter HS22 server, enable financial services firms to process 1.3 million market data updates per second, while maintaining a latency of less than 1 millisecond, allowing faster decision making with an infrastructure that can respond quickly to changing market conditions and events in real time.

Making faster, and cost-effective, trading decisions is even more important in today’s highly competitive business environment for financial markets clients. As market data changes and world events occur – whether due to the latest economic forecasts, merger and acquisitions, or late-breaking news from around the world – new intelligence and insights for smarter financial services is enabled by accelerating the ability to process huge amounts of data.

“The new generation System x and BladeCenter solutions redefine how x86 clients can address today’s challenges with servers that have less than half the power consumption, one-third the management cost, and more than twice the performance,” said Alex Yost, vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. “This industry-leading performance is exactly what our financial markets clients need to help them improve service, reduce cost and manage risk to create a more dynamic infrastructure.”

The benchmarks were completed through collaboration between Thomson Reuters, Intel and IBM and break previous performance records by achieving a throughput of 4.02 million updates per second on the Point-to-Point Server (P2PS) RMDS v6.3 infrastructure component producer 50/50 fan-out test1.

“The performance of the Intel Xeon 5500 processor series dramatically improves the throughput of this benchmark beyond previously tested platforms,” said Garry Thall, district manager, Intel Americas, Financial Services.

For more information on this, including a white paper, please see the IBM Financial Markets web site at: www.ibm.com/industries/financialservices 

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IBM Announces New Managed Video Communications Solution

Video communications delivers a new dimension to collaboration by bridging the barriers of geography, culture and location. For the first time, IBM is delivering a managed service to make it easy to implement and operate a video communications solution enabling smarter collaboration between employees, customer and partners around the world. The new IBM Converged Communications Services – Managed Telepresence service includes design, implementation, concierge and help desk, integration with client calendaring application, remote operations, and maintenance and support. IBM Global Financing will also offer flexible billing and payment options for this solution.

Telepresence centers feature high-definition visual communications tools that range from personal units to life-size screens that sprawl the length of the room, with duplex and directional sound. The technology allows clients to hold virtual meetings with multiple locations at one time and provide them with both the security and freedom to organize meetings with external parties outside of the corporate firewall. IBM will provide telecommunications for this service by leveraging its partnerships with telecommunications providers worldwide, and technology for this service using Cisco’s TelePresence technology.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, a leading pharmaceutical company in Japan, wanted a solution to improve communication across its various offices in worldwide. Working with IBM, Takeda is benefitting from the newly deployed video communications solution. The video communications solution IBM delivered enables Takeda to have more frequent and fluent communication with its various global subsidiaries, thereby further enhancing the quality and speed of its decision-making, while at the same time allowing for savings in time and money related to business travel.

At IBM there are video communications solutions available throughout the world to facilitate global communications functions including, support for business management, products and services development, education and audits. Currently, there are over 30 different clients who IBM can connect with through a business-to-business connection, and scheduling is as simple as adding the rooms to a LotusNotes meeting invitation.

“With this new managed service and the largest trained and fully accredited implementation team, IBM is a global leader in delivering Cisco TelePresence solutions worldwide,” said Marisa Viveros, vice president of Converged Communications Services of Global Technology Services at IBM. “The solution delivers invaluable benefits to clients, especially given IBM’s worldwide delivery and support capability that meets the needs of our global customers who are looking for more than a “one size fits all” solution.”

IBM brings unsurpassed experience and resources to its unified communications clients. As the first certified Cisco TelePresence Global Authorized Technology Provider (ATP), IBM delivers the Cisco components, global project management and full global implementation, in addition to providing IBM xSeries servers for the solution. Within a year, IBM has completed over 100 installations in dozens of countries.

This service will be available November 16, 2009 in the US, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Japan, and will support customer endpoints worldwide.

IBM Launches Secure Reliable Cloud Email Service for $3 per User

The new IBM LotusLive iNotes cloud service allows overburdened IT departments to take advantage of IBM’s leadership in enterprise collaboration for a range of on- or off-premise messaging capabilities, including mail that works with Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange or operates as a standalone solution to reduce overall IT costs and complexity. It is quick and simple to deploy, making it well-suited for companies of all sizes.

LotusLive iNotes is designed for companies that want to confidently move some or all of their email to the cloud by working with an enterprise leader in collaboration software that is used by more than half of global Fortune 100 companies. In fact, the LotusLive cloud mail platform supporting this service already has more than 18 million email accounts under management. With decades of experience serving the business market, IBM’s products include Lotus Notes, one of the world’s most widely used email programs.

The new IBM cloud service can accommodate gradual or dramatic migrations to the cloud, while also supporting a client’s existing on-premise collaboration system. It is also ideal for employee segments of large enterprises which do not require all the capabilities of full-featured email and collaboration software, or for employees that currently have no access to company email.

LotusLive iNotes is equally well-suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, many of whom have discovered the convenience and savings of free or low-cost Web-based email services but have grown weary of service outages, distracting advertisements or security and privacy concerns that can impact employee productivity and confidence. While these companies realize they need business-grade email, many do not have the budget or in-house technical resources to deploy an on-premise solution.

“Email and other collaboration services are the right entry point for many companies to realize the promise of cloud computing, but only if clients feel confident they’re getting business-grade service from a trusted leader in enterprise services,” said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software.

Nokia needed a low-cost, scalable and multi-lingual mobile cloud mail solution for their worldwide customer base. Competition in the mobile market is escalating and services like affordable cloud mail can make the difference in the selection of a device, especially in emerging markets where personal computers may not be available. In fact, people can get their first email address and manage their accounts right on many Nokia models without a PC at all.

As part of the IBM cloud service portfolio, LotusLive iNotes provides safe, affordable access to company email for remote employees, retail clerks, manufacturing floor workers — anyone who doesn’t sit behind a desk all day but still needs to be in touch with the rest of their organization and manage their calendar and contacts. LotusLive iNotes provides users with the essential email features and performance typically found in on-premise email systems, without extra features they do not require or are unlikely to use. With LotusLive iNotes, all employees in an organization can operate under a single domain, using a shared corporate directory.

LotusLive iNotes enables business users to:

Send and receive emails in a secure environment anytime from a Web browser; Work off-line at any time; Automatically receive new mail on mobile devices; Use a personal calendar to organize their professional and personal lives, all in one convenient place in the cloud; Distribute a company calendar to all employees to keep everyone up-to-date on company events and meetings; Keep track of personal contacts and access the corporate directory and distribution lists; Safeguard their inboxes with powerful anti-spam and virus protection that can be individually customized. Affordably priced with the security and reliability for which IBM is known, LotusLive iNotes allows anyone from a small business up to the largest enterprises to manage their email in the cloud with the confidence. More than half of the largest global 100 corporations use IBM’s flagship collaboration offerings, Lotus Notes and Domino including the top nine aerospace and defense organizations, the top nine automotive firms, the top eight banks, the top four makers of consumer products, the top seven electronics firms, the top eight insurance companies, the top seven pharmaceutical organizations, and the top nine telecommunications carriers.

LotusLive was recently introduced to the emerging markets of Africa as part of the IBM Client for Smart Work, which combines cloud computing with Ubuntu Linux and IBM collaboration software. LotusLive iNotes is the latest addition to www.lotuslive.com — which provides secure email, file sharing, Web conferencing and social networking services that enable people to work smarter with anyone from anywhere. In June, LotusLive was awarded the Enterprise 2.0 Cloud Computing Technology Buyers’ Choice Award.

A no-cost, 30-day trial of LotusLive iNotes is now available for companies and includes 25 mailboxes with 1 GB of storage per mailbox. The service and trial is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Spanish at www.lotuslive.com/en/services/inotes. Customers may purchase LotusLive iNotes from IBM by calling 800-647-2815 or 978-303-6468 and by contacting an IBM Business Partner.

IBM Smart Business End User Support – Service Assist
Also as part of its expanding cloud services portfolio, IBM is also unveiling the public version of the IBM Smart Business End User Support – Service Assist. Created in collaboration with IBM Research, IBM Global Technology Services is offering end users a personalized, self-service portal with faster IT problem resolution for Web savvy users. This one-stop Web portal provides a multilingual, cross-channel environment including remote takeover, chat, improved search and data mining of incidents. The Service Assist solution integrates with industry standard ticketing systems, reducing the need for end users to call a traditional help desk, saving costs. Help desk agents may also use the product to enhance their service levels.

“As a decades-long partner, IBM understands our vision and needs, especially as we anticipate growth in human capital,” said Dave Kepler, Executive Vice President, Business Services, and CIO at Dow Chemical. “By incorporating IBM’s Service Assist solution in a unified service desk approach, we will be able to offer a more sustainable, economical and innovative way to deliver end user support.”

IBM’s Service Assist solution is currently available. Pricing is based on a tiered model by volume by end user per month.

IBM Announces Agreement to Acquire Wilshire Credit Corporation Assets

IBM announced that its mortgage servicing subsidiary has signed an agreement with Bank of America Corporation (NYSE: BAC) to acquire the core operating assets of Wilshire Credit Corporation, including the Wilshire mortgage servicing platform, and hire Wilshire’s approximately 900 employees. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquisition continues IBM’s strategic focus on the mortgage services industry and strengthens its commitment to deliver mortgage business process outsourcing solutions that improve our clients’ agility, flexibility and competitiveness as they work to manage their businesses more effectively through dynamic market cycles.

“The acquisition of Wilshire’s assets further demonstrates IBM’s commitment to delivering robust and innovative mortgage solutions during a difficult time for the mortgage industry,” said Eric Ray, general manager, Financial Services Sector, IBM Global Technology Services. “It also reinforces IBM’s commitment to leveraging the full capabilities and resources of IBM to partner with our financial services clients in solving their most difficult challenges.”

Wilshire’s operating assets will become part of IBM’s Lender Business Process Services, Inc. business unit, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the IBM Corporation. Wilshire will work with its clients, IBM and Bank of America to transition its mortgage servicing rights and related assets to Bank of America. The agreement remains subject to customary closing conditions. There are no immediate changes taking place for customers as a result of this announcement

IBM Research Aims to Build Nanoscale DNA Sequencer to Help Drive Down Cost of Personalized Genetic Analysis

In an effort to build a nanoscale DNA sequencer, IBM (NYSE: IBM) scientists are drilling nano-sized holes in computer-like chips and passing DNA strands through them in order to read the information contained within their genetic code.

This advanced research effort to demonstrate a silicon-based “DNA Transistor” could help pave the way to read human DNA easily and quickly, generating advancements in health condition diagnosis and treatment. The challenge in the effort is to slow and control the motion of the DNA through the hole so the reader can accurately decode what is in the DNA. If successful, the project could improve throughput and reduce cost to achieve the vision of personalized genome analysis at a cost of $100 to $1,000. In comparison, the first sequencing ever done by the Human Genome Project (HGP) cost $3 billion.

Having access to an individual’s personal genetic code could advance personalized medicine by using genomic and molecular data to facilitate the discovery and clinical testing of new products, and help determine a person’s predisposition to a particular disease or condition.

A team of IBM scientists from four fields – nanofabrication, microelectronics, physics and biology — are converging to master the technique that threads a long DNA molecule through a three nanometer wide hole, known as a nanopore, in a silicon chip. A nanometer is one one-billionth of a meter or about 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. As the molecule is passed through the nanopore, it is ratcheted one unit of DNA at a time, as an electrical sensor “reads” the DNA. This sensor that identifies the genetic information is the subject of intense ongoing research. The information gathered from the reader could be used to gain a better understanding of an individual’s medical makeup to help further the pursuit of personalized healthcare.

“The technologies that make reading DNA fast, cheap and widely available have the potential to revolutionize bio-medical research and herald an era of personalized medicine,” said IBM Research Scientist Gustavo Stolovitzky. “Ultimately, it could improve the quality of medical care by identifying patients who will gain the greatest benefit from a particular medicine and those who are most at risk of adverse reaction.”

IBM Research is working to optimize a process for controlling the rate at which a DNA strand moves through a nano-scale aperture on a thin membrane during analysis for DNA sequencing. While scientists around the world have been working on using nanopore technology to read DNA, nobody has been able to figure out how to have complete control of a DNA strand as it travels through the nanopore. Slowing the speed is critical to being able to read the DNA strand. IBM scientists believe they have a unique approach that could tackle this challenge.

To control the speed at which the DNA flows through the microprocessor nanopore, IBM researchers have developed a device consisting of a multilayer metal/dielectric nano-structure that contains the nanopore. Voltage biases between the electrically addressable metal layers will modulate the electric field inside the nanopore. This device utilizes the interaction of discrete charges along the backbone of a DNA molecule with the modulated electric field to trap DNA in the nanopore. By cyclically turning on and off these gate voltages, scientists showed theoretically and computationally, and expect to be able prove experimentally, the plausibility of moving DNA through the nanopore at a rate of one nucleotide per cycle – a rate that IBM scientists believe would make DNA readable.

A human genome sequencing capability affordable for individuals is the ultimate goal of the DNA sequencing and is commonly referred to as “$1,000 genome.”

In the Fall of 2005, IBM revised its corporate privacy and equal opportunity policies to reflect the corporation’s intention to handle information about an employee’s genetics with a high regard for its privacy, and also to refrain from using genetic test information to discriminate against a person in the employment context. At that time, IBM was arguably the first company in the world to restrict genetic data from being used to make employment-related decisions.

On May 21, 2008, the United States signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) that protects Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information when it comes to health insurance and employment. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and the House by a vote of 414 to 1. The long-awaited measure, which has been debated in Congress for 13 years, is helping to pave the way for people to take full advantage of the promise of personalized medicine without fear of discrimination

IBM introduces four IBM servers that will feature the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor

IBM has announced four IBM servers that will feature the new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. The new servers provide the IT efficiency needed in a new enterprise data center, with the BladeCenter LS42 using 16 percent less power than competitive blade offerings.

IBM will deliver new 45nm Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor-based systems that offer exceptional power-efficiency, performance and virtualization capabilities for today’s most demanding datacenters. These include:

  • The IBM BladeCenter LS22 is a two-socket blade server ideal for companies like financial services firms, universities and research labs, and oil and gas companies that run high-performance applications. Clients can purchase the LS22 with a memory booster that gives it 96 percent faster memory for improved application performance.
  • The IBM BladeCenter LS42 consumes up to 16 percent less power than comparable blade offerings. It also provides 20 percent faster memory, so it is well suited to run memory-intensive applications like those for virtualization and database. In fact, it can handle over five percent more virtual machines than competitive blades.
  • The IBM System x3455 delivers robust performance for scientific, technical, and financial applications with IBM’s innovative Xcelerated Memory Technology, which eliminates traditional high-performance computing application bottlenecks by delivering faster access to data.
  • The System x3755 has a flexible design that allows customers to increase the size of their system as their databases, virtualization environments and collaboration applications grow. The x3755 provides a three socket configuration that outperforms many competitive four socket configurations.
  • With the new 2+2 program, clients can start with two sockets on the BladeCenter LS42 and System x3755 servers and expand to a four socket server as their business needs demand. This allows companies to pay only for the capacity they need now, giving them the flexibility to scale their server while protecting their investments. The LS42 and x3755 are the only servers in the industry that start out at the price of a two socket system and can be upgraded to four sockets as the client requires.

    “IBM continues to deliver the broadest portfolio of blade servers on the market with today’s introduction of BladeCenter servers based on the newest Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors,” said Alex Yost, vice president of IBM BladeCenter. “The new LS42 allows clients to grow the system along with their business, affordably scaling from a two-socket system to a four-socket configuration while delivering industry-leading power use and performance.”

    IBM BladeCenter LS22 and LS42 blade servers are available with solid-state drives, which are up to four times more reliable than traditional drives and use up to 87 percent less power — saving up to 20 watts per blade.

    The new servers are an important element in helping clients develop a new enterprise data center, which offers dramatic improvements in IT efficiency and provides for rapid deployment of new IT services to support future business growth. IBM is helping clients move to new enterprise data centers by focusing on best practices around virtualization, green IT, service management and cloud computing.

    “AMD is focused on delivering superior investment protection in the data center, and we are proud to deliver superior scalability in support of IBM’s new LS22, LS42 and x3755 servers,” said Patrick Patla, vice president and general manager, Server and Workstation division, AMD. “The enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron™ processors are designed with AMD’s Same Socket Technology and Common Core Strategy to help our industry partners and customers minimize the cost and complexity of hardware transitions, while benefiting from the increased performance and power-efficiency of AMD’s newest server processor.”

    Pricing and Availability
    The scalable IBM BladeCenter LS42 will be available with enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors later this month starting at $5,165. The IBM System x3455 and x3755 will be available with enhanced Quad-Core AMD Opteron processors in early 2009. The 2+2 program is available to LS42 and x3755 customers now.

    IBM and NEC Electronics Sign joint development agreement of Next-Generation Semiconductor Process Technology

    IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) and NEC Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723) today announced they have entered into a multi-year joint development agreement under which they will develop next-generation semiconductor process technology.

    Under the agreement, NEC Electronics will participate in a joint development project for the next-generation core CMOS process, at the 32-nm node, and in advanced fundamental research for leading-edge semiconductor technologies of the future.

    NEC Electronics will be the eighth major semiconductor manufacturer represented in the IBM joint development alliance aimed to further advance performance and power improvements for next generation silicon technologies.

    “As the ‘scaling’ of semiconductors to ever smaller feature sizes continues, the cost of conducting basic research and development and the associated capital investment continues to rise,” said Gary Patton, vice president, IBM Semiconductor Research & Development Center. “Our unique collaborative model for semiconductor research and development helps to mitigate individual investment while allowing for increased design complexity, shortened time-to-market and quicker integration of next-generation process materials and technology nodes.”

    NEC Electronics co-develops the 45-nm and 32-nm CMOS process technology nodes with Toshiba Corporation and is now extending that scope of collaboration to include the 32-nm and finer nodes with IBM and its alliance partners. NEC Electronics intends to work with IBM and its research partners to develop a common process platform, and strengthen development and design ability in System-on-Chip (SoC).

    “At the highest levels of technology, it is becoming increasingly difficult for semiconductor companies to differentiate their products on the core CMOS process technologies alone. A better course is to share the development costs of a common process platform with leading semiconductor manufacturers from around the world,” said Toshio Nakajima, President and CEO, NEC Electronics. “The new agreement with IBM means that NEC Electronics will develop a common semiconductor process with industry leaders, allowing us to focus on being first to market in areas of eDRAM products and SoC solutions that provide our customers with the added value, such as high reliability and low power consumption.”

    The work will be conducted at IBM’s state-of-the-art 300 millimeter (mm) semiconductor fabrication facility in East Fishkill, N.Y. and at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, State University of New York. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech is the world’s most advanced university-based nanoelectronics research complex.

    Earlier this year, IBM and its partners unveiled significant performance and power advantages over industry standards by using a breakthrough material known as “high-k/metal gate” (HKMG) on silicon manufactured at IBM’s 300 millimeter semiconductor fabrication facility in East Fishkill, N.Y. By implementing “high-k/metal gate” technology into its leading edge 32-nm technology node, the alliance has assessed performance improvements in circuits of up to 35 percent over 45-nm technology at the same operating voltage. The 32-nm power reduction over 45-nm can be as much as 30 to 50 percent depending on the operating voltage.

    IBM’s other joint development partners include, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (Chartered), Freescale Inc., Infineon Technologies AG, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (Samsung), STMicroelectronics N.V. and Toshiba Corporation.

    IBM Develops World's Smallest SRAM Memory Cell

    YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, NY – 18 Aug 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and its joint development partners — AMD, Freescale, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) — today announced the first working static random access memory (SRAM) for the 22 nanometer (nm) technology node, the world’s first reported working cell built at its 300mm research facility in Albany, NY.

    SRAM chips are precursors to more complex devices such as microprocessors.

    The SRAM cell utilizes a conventional six-transistor design and has an area of 0.1um2, breaking the previous SRAM scaling barriers.

    Researchers achieved this breakthrough at CNSE of the University at Albany, State University of New York. CNSE’s Albany NanoTech is the world’s most advanced university based nanoelectronics research complex. IBM and its partners do much of their leading-edge semiconductor research at CNSE.

    A nanometer is one one-billionth of a meter or about 80,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.

    “We are working at the ultimate edge of what is possible — progressing toward advanced, next-generation semiconductor technologies,” said Dr. T.C. Chen, vice president of Science and Technology, IBM Research. “This new development is a critical achievement in the pursuit to continually drive miniaturization in microelectronics.”

    22 nm is two generations away in chip manufacturing. The next generation is 32 nm — where IBM and its partners are in development with their leading 32 nm high-K metal gate technology that no other company or consortium can match.

    Traditionally, an SRAM chip is made more dense by shrinking its basic building block, often referred to as a cell. IBM-alliance researchers optimized the SRAM cell design and circuit layout to improve stability and developed several novel fabrication processes in order to make the new SRAM cell possible. The researchers utilized high-NA immersion lithography to print the aggressive pattern dimensions and densities and fabricated the parts in its a state-of-the-art 300mm semiconductor research environment.

    SRAM cell size is a key technology metric in the semiconductor industry, and this work demonstrates IBM and its partners’ continued leadership in cutting-edge process technology.

    Key enablers of the SRAM cell include band edge high-K metal gate stacks, transistors with less than 25 nm gate lengths, thin spacers, novel co-implants, advanced activation techniques, extremely thin silicide, and damascene copper contacts.

    Additional details of this achievement will be presented at the IEEE International Electron Devices (IEDM) annual technical meeting to be held in San Francisco, CA, December 15-17, 2008.

    IBM Announced The Launch of Industry's Fastest One Terabyte Storage Tape Drive

    New IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive Delivers New Capacity and Performance for Clients

    ARMONK,NY – 15 Jul 2008: IBM today introduced the industry’s fastest one terabyte (TB) storage tape drive, which will enable clients to protect and archive more information with less cost and less energy usage – the highest capacity and performance of any tape drive in the market.

    The new IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive will be able to store up to one TB of uncompressed data per tape cartridge and with a native data rate of 160 megabytes per second (MB/s), storage backups can be completed up to 54 percent faster than the previous generation drive.

    Equivalent to storing the text of one million books on a single tape cartridge, the IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive is ideal for mid-sized to enterprise clients across financial, life sciences and public sector industries looking for massive data protection, compliance and archive solutions needed over the long term. Coupled with IBM’s tape virtualization offerings, large, scalable automation, and tape drive encryption, customers can benefit from the low cost of tape solutions that are highly secure, while simplifying the management of backup and archive operations.

    “IBM is committed to tape storage as part of a tiered information infrastructure and today we offer the fastest, highest capacity drive in the market,” said Cindy Grossman, Vice President of Tape and Archive, IBM System Storage. “Tape storage is the most green and cost-effective form of data storage available, and the IBM TS1130 Tape Drive will enable clients to address their growing needs for affordable and robust data solutions by storing more data on fewer cartridges, which will save clients valuable time, space, energy and money.”

    The IBM System Storage TS1130 uses a high technology Giant Magnetoresistive (GMR) head design that leverages IBM’s world-record achievement of developing a more sensitive read-write head for the magnetic tape system — which results in fewer data read errors helping to provide outstanding data integrity and subsystem reliability. It also features a special head overcoat technology that helps increase the overall life expectancy of the product.

    The TS1130 uses existing 3592 rewritable and WORM cartridges. It offers backwards compatibility with support for Gen 1, 2 and 3 formats supporting both read and write for Gen 2 and read only for Gen1 helping to protect media investments and lower costs.

    The TS1130 Tape Drive also supports drive-based data encryption to help protect your data. The TS1130-based encryption and associated Encryption Key Manager component are supported in a wide variety of operating system environments.

    IBM is number one in the world for branded total tape revenue share five years running and number one in branded enterprise drives and automation revenue (1). The IBM System Storage TS1130 Tape Drive is an important part of the information infrastructure strategy – delivering the availability, security, retention and compliance requirements that clients seek. This strategy maps directly to IBM’s New Enterprise Data Center model, which helps clients improve IT efficiency and facilitates the rapid deployment of new IT services for future business growth.

    Pricing and Availability:
    The new IBM System Storage TS1130 (GA) will be available worldwide on September 5, 2008 with a starting price of $39,050. IBM is also offering an upgrade from existing drives for $19,500 and backward media compatibility for investment protection.

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