This was Fujitsu’s new mainframe configuration with a multi-server structure combining features from the GS8000 series and open platforms.*1 Fujitsu announced the PRIMEFORCE in May 2000 in a configuration aimed at simplifying construction of Internet-enabled corporate IT systems while taking advantage of mainframe resources. The PRIMEFORCE ran on processors fabricated with 0.18 micron CMOS technology.

The PRIMEFORCE and the incorporated UNIX/IA server were connected with a 100 Mbps Ethernet, and time synchronization and power-supply linkage were possible. And shared disks meant that data could be transferred and shared between servers at speeds faster than over the LAN.

*1. Either a UNIX server or an IA server (PC server). IA: Intel architecture.
PRIMEFORCE specifications
Model name 8010C 8020C 8030C 8040C 8010M 8020M 8030M 8040M
Introduced May 2000
Magnetic disk type Internal External
Relative performance* 1 2.0 3.0 4.0 1 2.0 3.0 4.0
No. of CPUs (CMOS technology)
Main memory capacity 256MB - 2GB
Channels 56 max.
Open network adaptors 0 - 2 devices
Encryption processors 2 max.
Internal system memory 0 - 256MB
Internal shared disk memory 0 - 119GB
Internal LAN 100 Mbps Ethernet x 1, 10 Mbps Ethernet x 1
No. of UNIX/IA servers 1 - 8
Power-supply control linkage unit One standard equipped (second and subsequent units were optional)
Time synchronization unit Optional

*Taking the performance of the 8010C as the baseline for internal disk models and the 8010M as the baseline for external disk models.

The specifications above were correct at the time the products were announced. Some specifications were later revised due to product upgrades.