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IBM Launches WebSphere Translation Server

IBM has launched the IBMWebSphere Translation Server, new software that will enable enterprisesto provide Web pages, e-mail messages, and chat conversations in multiplelanguages, in real time. With the IBM WebSphere Translation Server, whichuses IBM's advanced machine translation technology, enterprises can createand distribute Web content globally, without the need for special Web pagesor separate Web infrastructures. It also enables chats in multiple languagesfor both internal and external communications.

"Machine translation allowsfor dynamic business content to be created at a fraction of the cost ofprofessional translation services," said Steve McClure, vice presidentof Speech and Natural Language Software at IDC. "At present, the machine-translationindustry consists mainly of small, segmented players, with no clear leader.IBM's entry signifies a major turning point and will help validate andaccelerate the adoption of machine translation—a software market projectedto reach $378 million by 2003."

Designed for a customer'senterprise, IBM WebSphere Translation Server supports bidirectional texttranslation between English and French, German, Spanish, and Italian, aswell as from English to Chinese (both simplified and traditional), Japanese,and Korean. The software runs on NT, AIX, and Solaris and can translateup to 500 words per second (speeds may vary based on processor speed andsystem configuration). IBM WebSphere Translation Server will be availablein March from IBM and its business partners, and is priced at $10,000/languagepair/processor. For more information and to experience the multilingualpossibilities, visit the IBM Voice Systems page at http://www.ibm.com/software/voiceand choose the link to WebSphere Translation Server.

Source: IBM Software



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