IBM is expanding its low-end Unix server product line. The new p5 510 is a 2U, two-processor system that is suitable for just about anything from web serving to running a Sybase or Oracle dataserver. It will be powered by IBM's latest Power5 chip, and will go on sale on the 18th of this month.

There is an express and standard model of the p5 510, with the express system shipping with a single 1.5GHz Power5 chip right now but will be available with two Power5s, in April. In contrast, the standard p5 510 ships with 1.65GHz Power5 chips - each with 36MB of Level 3 cache. It can support up to 32GB of memory and has dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, dual Ultra320 SCSI controllers, one external SCSI port, hot-swap fans, two USB ports and two HMC ports.