IBM has released a new family of blade servers based on the PowerPC 970 chip, used by Apple in its Power Mac G5s.

The company yesterday took the wraps off the JS20, its first 64-bit blade server. This supports different breeds of Linux and AIX.

IBM eServer Blade Centre vice president Jeff Benck said: "The introduction of Power architecture running Linux on the JS20 brings world class, 64-bit performance and scalability to the ultra-dense, low-cost blade server market." It costs $2,699.

IBM said: "The introduction of the industry's first 64-bit blade server based on IBM Power architecture is a major step forward in the evolution of blade systems. IBM now offers blade servers powered by differing processors and running differing operating systems that are capable of sharing the same chassis at the same time – streamlining systems management and allowing the customer to save time and money."