At an event introducing BladeCenter H, a new blade chassis with significantly better backplane bandwidth, IBM also announced the PowerPC-based JS21 blade. The JS21 can use two dual-core 970MP processors, up to 16GB of memory, supports running up to 40 virtual partitions, and should be available in March.

IBM also announced an upcoming Cell blade product. Technical details are scarce, but the system is supposed to ship in 3Q 2006.

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