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IBM LogoThe month of September at IBM was filled with a slew of announcements in hardware, software, services, acquisitions, and corporate initiatives. I am particularly excited about IBM’s plans to build Cell Broadband Engine supercomputer. The revolutionary supercomputer, capable of a peak performance of over 1.6 petaflops, will be installed at the Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. The announcements made by the company during the month are below, and the complete Index of IBM Happenings (by year and month) is here.

List of Announcements for September 2006

IBM opens software, services lab in Brazil

The High Performance On Demand Solutions Lab in Brazil joins a global grid of six specialized IBM facilities to delivering a range of software lab services.

IBM to build Cell Broadband Engine supercomputer

The revolutionary supercomputer, capable of a peak performance of over 1.6 petaflops, will be installed at DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.

IBM acquires Global Value Solutions

IBM has fully acquired Global Value Solutions SA, a Brazilian IT services provider with clients in the automotive, finance, services and telecommunications industries.

IBM to build disease surveillance system

Under the five-year, $24.7-million contract, IBM Canada will design and build a system to help public health professionals improve preparedness for a major outbreak.

IBM unveils offerings for open source community

IBM’s new customer support program, IBM Rational Elite Support for Eclipse, will provide technical assistance to the more than 2.3 million users of Eclipse worldwide.

Silicon Valley residents to go wireless

Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a collaboration among Azulstar Networks, Cisco Systems, IBM, and Seakay, will build a regional wireless network for 2.4 million people.

IBM makes first cell computer generally available

The IBM BladeCenter QS20 is a Cell BE-based blade system designed for businesses that need high performance computing power and run graphic-intensive applications.

IBM ships chips for new Nintendo system

IBM will produce millions of Power Architecture-based chips featuring IBM Silicon on Insulator technology at 90 nanometers for Nintendo’s upcoming Wii game console.

IBM technology ensures data privacy

The IBM System Storage TS1120 is the first encryption drive in the market that addresses the needs of businesses to protect sensitive information.

IBM ships Lotus Sametime 7.5

Lotus Sametime 7.5 enables customers and third-parties to build and deploy plugins bringing leading capabilities from consumer focused applications to enterprises.

IBM technology translates media broadcasts

IBM researchers have developed technology to translate Arabic media broadcasts into English in near real-time.

University, IBM launch innovation study

Students from University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business will work with IBM Research and Market Intelligence to delve into the topic of innovation.

IBM, Telenor bring presence to mobile devices

IBM and Telenor have developed new mobile communications technology that allows devices and networks to learn about their users’ whereabouts as they work and travel.

IBM-led consortium wins defense contract

The IBM-led consortium will explore advanced technology for secure wireless and sensor networks to support future coalition operations, over a potential 10-year period.

Thailand, IBM to create SOA Center of Excellence

Thailand’s Office of Computer Clustering Promotion will create an SOA Excellence Center with IBM to develop Thailand’s IT resources around SOA.

IBM solution delivers ease-of-use to bank members

Michigan First’s MoneyWorks Banking Centers, a combination of traditional banking and online banking, is based on an IBM/Wincor Nixdorf solution.

IGF, Juniper announce financing program

IBM Global Financing’s five-year agreement with Juniper Networks, Inc.
provides Juniper’s corporate and small-business customers with a variety of payment plans.

IBM offers resources to start ups

IBM will provide venture capital firms and their portfolio companies with access to its worldwide Innovation Centers to help co-develop leading-edge technology solutions.

IBM establishes groundbreaking patent policy

The new policy is designed to foster integrity, a healthier environment for innovation, and mutual respect for intellectual property rights.

IBM announces new ventures in Ireland

IBM announced the launch of a European Venture Capital Centre in Dublin, an Innovation Centre for Ireland and a strategic relationship with Enterprise Ireland.

IBM unveils new communications business unit

IBM’s new Integrated Communications Services unit will focus on the delivery of communication service products that are asset-based, replicable and standardized.

IBM, Avokia develop long-range clustering solution

IBM and Avokia Inc. have developed a long-range database clustering technology, which is the first of its kind to link active data servers located thousands of miles apart.

IBM licenses cooling technology

The agreement enables global networking and electrical manufacturer Panduit Corporation to license IBM’s Rear Door Heat eXchanger water-cooling technology.

Tokio Marine signs outsourcing contract

The 10-year, $44-million contract with IBM includes integration of services, unification of datacenters and technological updates.