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Raytheon Raytheon selects Sun Microsystems to participate in development of the total ship computing architecture for the DD-21 Gold Team

ARLINGTON, Va., April 27, 2000 - Raytheon Company has selected Sun Microsystems Inc. to participate in the engineering effort to design, build and support the total ship computing architecture (TSCA) for the U.S. Navy's 21st Century Land Attack Destroyer -- the DD-21. The long-term, exclusive agreement between the two companies includes provisions to assure selection of the best value commercial hardware and software to meet performance and cost requirements. Raytheon, Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding, and The Boeing Company are the principal members of the DD-21 Gold Team, which is now under contract to develop and deliver a preliminary system design to the Navy. The team is competing to be selected to be the full service contractor to build the lead ship of this new class of vessels for the Navy.

The DD 21 TSCA is the ship-wide, all-source information processing and management system supporting all operational functions of the ship. It is also the key contributor to network centric warfare, assuring knowledge superiority and the execution of accurate measured force response. In addition, TSCA will contribute to reducing the crew's workload.

"Our priority is to enable the sailor to manage the ship and fight to win, and use TSCA to enhance the quality of life for personnel while they are on board," said Jack Cronin, vice president of Raytheon's DD-21 campaign. "We're confident that we will design a system which meets the vision for the future, with the lowest life cycle cost, by using an evolutionary migration of legacy systems and open-systems computing." While the TSCA will be based on open-systems software architecture, the development process, integration, testing, certification and delivery will exploit use of commercial items and reuse of legacy software where appropriate. An effective system of metrics also will be used to assess the maturity of software development.

Design of the DD-21 TSCA will benefit from Sun Microsystems' expertise in a variety of information technologies, including processors, operating environments, servers, and displays. The core architectural elements in the TSCA will provide an infrastructure that will allow self-healing and adaptability, with high availability of computer resources throughout the network. In addition, Sun Professional Services will participate in the development of a prototype of the TSCA infrastructure software to validate key aspects of the DD-21 design. Sun is now working on the design and initial development of a software environment that will enable rapid integration, including legacy systems, and the certification of both tactical and non-tactical software for the new ship system.

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Themis Computer

new Rugged Enterprise Server from Themis Computer boldly goes where other military SPARC systems cannot

FREMONT, California-April 26, 2000 - Themis Computer announced that the second member of its Rugged Enterprise Server (RES) family is now available. This Sun-based enterprise class server family has been designed from the ground up to withstand military and aerospace service requirements. Based on Sun's E4500 Server technology, Themis' RES-1400s compliments and extends the capabilities of Sun's highly successful enterprise Server. Themis redesigned the system to provide a suitable platform for demanding federal and aerospace markets, including expanded I/O in an open, modular system.

"Sun chose to work with us because of our strong UNIX and systems design capabilities. And, we're 100% focused on UltraSPARC technology," explained Bill Kehret, president of Themis.

The RES-1400s is a shorter version of the Themis RES-1400. Like the RES-1400, the RES-1400s chassis can withstand up to 15G's of shock. All machined and welded mechanical structures have natural vibration modes exceeding 28 Hz. Additionally, all critical electronic components are designed to sustain high shock loads, while heat sinks have been redesigned to minimize unsupported mass and moment of inertia. The 14 U rack-mountable enclosure features heavy-duty tiltable rack slides and an articulated cable support system for ease of maintenance.

Running Sun's Solaris Operating System with advanced real-time features, the Open Systems Architecture-based RES can be configured with up to 14 UltraSPARC II processors with clock rates to 400 MHz, and up to 14 GB memory. It supports SMP and a 100 MHz UPA bus.

Themis uses a configurable I/O bay that supports standard interfaces such as VME. Even when fully configured with 14 processors, the I/O bay can support up to eleven 6U form factor slots.

RES availability features include automatic system recovery and dynamic reconfiguration. It features four hot swap N+1 power supplies, including separate power grids for the processor complex and the I/O bay, allowing complete power isolation. Sun's Symon management environment handles total systems management.

The RES-1400s was designed to operate in environments which have tighter temperature control, than the RES 1400.

RES Primary Features:

  • Rugged, Integrated Implementation of advanced UltraSPARC E4500 Technology
  • Open Systems Architecture
  • Sun's Solaris Operating System with advanced Real Time features
  • UltraSPARC-II SMP computing platform
  • Industry Standard I/O: VME, cPCI, and PCI
  • Up to 14 Ultra-II Processors with clock rates to 400MHz
  • Up to 14 GB memory
  • 100 MHz UPA Bus
  • Modular I/O Bay, Up to eleven 6U
  • Modular I/O Connector Panel
  • Operating temperature up to 40°c
  • Shock up to 15G and Vibration from 4 to 28 Hz.
  • Solaris 7/8
  • Built-in CDROM
  • 18.2 GB Ultra SCSI System Disk
  • Hot-Swap N+1 Power Supply
  • Built-in heavy duty tiltable Rack Slides and
  • Articulated cable handling mechanism

Pricing and Availability:- the Rugged Enterprise Server 1400s will begin shipping in quantity in July 2000. Prices for entry configurations begin at $95K.

See also:- high availability enterprise SSDs

Force Computers Force Announces First SPARC-Based, Universal Mode Single Board Computer Using Sentinel Bridge Chip

SAN JOSE, CA, April 25, 2000 - Force Computers today announced the CPCI-540 family of SPARC-based computers for a CompactPCI environment featuring Force's award-winning SENTINEL universal PCI-to-PCI bridge. The CPCI-540 offers a fast and reliable platform for Solaris-based applications that require compactness, multi-link IP networking capability, and redundant SCSI interfaces to build highly available clusters and embedded systems. By integrating the SENTINEL technology with SPARC processors, the CPCI-540 is now the first solution on the market that makes the advantages of the "Universal Mode" technology available to embedded Solaris applications. The CPCI-540 can run in any slot of a CompactPCI system, therefore allowing the system to be populated with CPCI-540 boards, and the boards will talk to each other through the backplane. Hot-Swap capability, which enables the board to be inserted into or removed from an operating CompactPCI system, is another key feature of the CPCI-540. This board targets CompactPCI Solaris applications in telecommunications, data communications, semiconductor test equipment, mass storage systems, and high-end graphics applications such as radar.

"The CPCI-540 is the second product from Force to feature SENTINEL and the first platform to create SPARC CPU clusters for scalable performance, reliability and availability in a single CompactPCI system," said Michael Schaepers, product manager for Force Computers. "It's both a standard component for proprietary customer applications and a building block for our own high availability systems. The CPCI-540 underlines Force's commitment to SPARC and Solaris." The CPCI-540 family comes in one-, two-, and three-slot configurations with up to three Ultra SCSI controllers, seven 100BaseT Ethernet controllers and 1024 MBytes of DRAM. The processor on these boards is a second-generation UltraSPARC-IIi running at 440 MHz. The boards support full I/O slot Hot-Swap capability, as per PICMG 2.1 specifications.

See also:- bridge chips and interface PHY IP for storage applications
Compaq Compaq Certifies SANworks™ Software for Sun Solaris, Moves Sun Resellers Toward Open SANs

ATLANTA, April 24, 2000 - Compaq Computer Corporation, the world's No. 1 primary storage vendor, reaffirmed its commitment to deliver the Open SAN (storage area network) by announcing support for its complete line of SANworks™ Enterprise Storage Management Software products on Sun Solaris platforms. Compaq's leading-edge SANworks™ and StorageWorks™ product lines now both support Solaris environments, and are now available to Sun resellers to help customers build Open SAN infrastructures based on Compaq NonStop™ eBusiness solutions.

"Sun resellers and customers who have Sun servers installed or planned can now embrace the business advantages offered by Compaq's Open SAN solutions," said Howard Elias, Vice President and General Manager of Compaq Storage Products Division. "We want these customers to receive the same benefits in their Solaris environments as they receive in Compaq Windows NT/2000, Tru64 Unix and Open VMS environments. Accelerated business efficiency, flexibility and delivery of information are all made possible through Open SAN accessibility."

Solaris 7.0 support is currently available for StorageWorks RA8000 and ESA12000 RAID arrays using Ultra SCSI, Fibre Channel Fabric, and Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop. The new MA8000 and EMA12000 RAID arrays announced today also support Solaris 7.0 with Fibre Channel Fabric and Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop attachment.
Novell Novell Announces Free Download of ScheMax, A Next-Generation Directory Tool

PROVO, Utah -- April 24, 2000 - Novell, Inc., a leading supplier of Net services software, today announced that ScheMax, a next-generation directory tool in Novell's Net Services Console product initiative, is now available as a free download from the Novell Web site. ScheMax is a GUI-based administration tool that gives organizations the power and flexibility to easily customize, administer and extend NDS® eDirectory™ to meet their special needs, without relying on specialized programming skills, saving time, money and resources. By making ScheMax available for free, Novell is adding power and muscle to NDS eDirectory and ensuring customers have tools to effectively administer Net infrastructure resources.

The NetConsole products are fully integrated across all Novell Net services software in order to make management and administration as easy as possible. ScheMax gives organizations a specialized tool to customize and administer NDS eDirectory and NDS Corporate Edition across multiple platforms including Windows 2000, NT, Solaris and Linux. It also allows administrators for the first time to extend NDS eDirectory schema on the fly, such as adding unique classes and attributes to the directory tree. A component of Novell's Net Management Services, ScheMax and the NetConsole products are providing the administration tools for the infrastructure that powers One net.
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