IBM will incorporate the Opteron processor from AMD into a workstation next year, an endorsement that could help AMD gain acceptance in the crucial corporate market.

IBM will incorporate the Opteron processor from AMD into a workstation next year, an endorsement that could help AMD gain acceptance in the crucial corporate market. Although the product details are vague, Big Blue has committed to putting an Opteron chip into a workstation, high-end desktops used for financial modeling and computer animation. IBM intends to deliver an Opteron workstation next year. Microsoft is expected to release a version of Windows that has been optimized for Opteron by the first quarter. Versions of Linux tweaked for the chip already exist. IBM has already agreed to use Opteron in its servers and released a server, the e325, last week. More than 1,000 of the servers will be used into a clustered supercomputer IBM is building for Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). The AIST cluster will be operational around October.