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September 2000 week 3 (archive)

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By a strange coincidence, Megabyte's birthday was exactly the same as that of a well known STORAGE site.
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It now seems likely that the year 2000 represented the peak of the desktop SPARC workstation market, which started in 1989 with the launch of the SPARCstation 1.
The Rise and Fall of the SPARC Workstation Market (December 2001)

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Force Computers Force Opens Embedded Systems Design Center in France

SAN JOSE, Calif., September 19, 2000 - Force Computers today announced the opening of its new Paris (Plaisir), France-based embedded systems design center. Initially, the facility is staffed by approximately 50 design and development engineering professionals with expertise in single board computers and overall systems design.

"This new center gives Force Computers the ability to offer shorter time-to-market to our customers, as well as giving us a strong design capability in France to better support customers in the Benelux region and Central and Southern Europe," said Ajay Shah, president and CEO of Technology Solutions. "Our entire company is excited to add this experienced and capable staff to our already deep talent pool of design engineers located in centers around the world."

The Paris design center will have capabilities for designing multiprocessor boards and also for systems for the telecom, networking and storage area network (SAN) markets. In addition to the France center, Force has six other design centers that have broad design capabilities: Fremont, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; Westborough, Mass.; Munich, Germany; Bangalore, India; and Irvine, Scotland. These facilities have capabilities for producing high-performance boards, telecom controllers, clustered and redundant high availability systems and active and passive backplanes, as well as enclosures and other system components. Not only does Force have centers with broad design capabilities located strategically around the world, but the company also has the ability to hand off design projects from center to center. That way, Force customer designs can be worked on around the clock, minimizing time-to-market. ...FORCE COMPUTERS profile
Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems Acquires Cobalt Networks

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- September 19, 2000 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Cobalt Networks, Inc. today announced that they have entered into an agreement pursuant to which Sun will acquire Cobalt in a stock-for-stock merger. Cobalt is a leading supplier of server appliance products - easy to use and cost effective devices that function as engines for the delivery of network based services. This acquisition accelerates Sun's entry into the growing server appliance marketplace and bolsters its long-standing focus on network computing.

Sun is already a leading provider of low-end, mid-range and large-scale servers to the enterprise and service provider marketplaces; Cobalt's products will add a server appliance offering to that portfolio and expand Sun's offerings for service providers.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, each share of Cobalt common stock will be converted into 0.5 Sun shares resulting in an aggregate purchase price of approximately $2.0 billion. This acquisition will be accounted for as a purchase and is expected to be completed during Sun's second quarter of fiscal 2001, which ends December 31, 2000. The closing of the acquisition is subject to governmental approvals, Cobalt shareholder approval and customary closing conditions.

"Today we're acquiring Cobalt to establish ourselves in low-end server appliances and immediately jump into the marketplace with a proven, world class product offering. This move is similar to our entry into the high-end server arena, which we did through our acquisition of Starfire server technology from Cray. Just as that product line has become one of our most successful product lines to date, we think the demand for these high-volume, turnkey devices will explode in the next couple of years. Cobalt is our bet for the future," said Ed Zander, President and Chief Operating Officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. ...Sun Microsystems profile

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Resilience GTSI First Government Provider to Resell Continuous Availability Servers from Resilience Corporation

Sunnyvale, CA - September 18, 2000 - Resilience Corporation and GTSI Corp. have signed an agreement whereby GTSI will resell Resilience Corporation's complete line of hardware fault-tolerant servers.

GTSI is the first provider to offer the full range of Resilience products and services to the federal, state and local government IT community. Federal agencies can purchase Resilience products and services off GTSI's NIH ECS II (National Institutes of Health - Electronic Computer Store) and NASA SEWP II (Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement) GWAC (Government Wide Acquisition Contracts) contracts. ...GTSI profile, ...Resilience profile

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Patriot Scientific Patriot Scientific Announces Skelmir's Software For Java® Cee-J™ Ported To PSC1000™

SAN DIEGO September 18, 2000 - Patriot Scientific Corporation today announced that Skelmir LLC, a developer of virtual machines, libraries and compilation tools for Java, has ported its Compatible Execution Environment for Java (CEE-J) system software to Patriot's PSC1000 family of Java microprocessors.

CEE-J is the highly scalable, field-proven virtual machine for Java from Skelmir. With the smallest usable footprint on the market, customers looking to deploy the power of Java on resource-constrained devices can control memory footprint without sacrificing functionality. Ideal for set-top boxes, Internet appliances, web pads, and other resource limited embedded devices, CEE-J provides device manufactures with Java technology optimized for their particular requirements, without consuming extra memory for features they do not need. Skelmir's CEE-J technology has been deployed on over 1,000,000 set top boxes used for European satellite television.

"This is another example of a supplier of superior Java software being attracted to the advantages of the PSC1000 hardware platform," said Patriot's president and CEO, Jim Lunney. "CEE-J is important because it is very efficient, yet can be scaled from the most minimal Java device all the way up to systems requiring the most feature-rich implementation of Java. We are very pleased to have Skelmir as a partner," added Lunney. ...Patriot profile, ...Skelmir profile

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GENROCO GENROCO Demonstrates 10 Gigabit Network for Sun at CERN
GENEVA, Switzerland, September 15, 2000 - GENROCO, Inc. announced that the company demonstrated its ten gigabit, Gigabyte System Network (GSN) interfaces for high end Sun, IBM, and Compaq UNIX platforms, along with an OC48 bridge to GSN last week at the European High Performance User's Group (EHUG) conference at CERN, Europe's Center for Nuclear Research. In addition, three GENROCO executives along with computer storage & networking experts from IBM, Cisco, SGI, and other organizations made presentations to more than 120 engineers and scientists from around the world.

GENROCO showed its new OC48 long haul storage interface, developed in partnership with CERN, which can seamlessly transfer data over very long distances at up to 300 megabytes per second.

In another exhibit, a Sun E450 computer with a GENROCO GSN interface delivered data to an SGI Origin 2000 with and SGI GSN interface at 90% of the Sun's PCI bus speed (about 175 megabytes per second) using the new Scheduled Transfer (ST) protocol. GSN is the first ANSI standard, ten gigabit storage and network interface. ST is a high bandwidth, very low host overhead data transport protocol developed to augment TCP/IP in clusters of supercomputers and superservers as well as deliver storage over any network.

Carl Pick, GENROCO Chairman & CEO, who addressed the gathering on the milestones of the industry's GSN and ST development, remarked, "It has been five years since Dr. Greg Chesson from SGI proposed what we now call 'GSN' to the ANSI standards body. We at GENROCO are extremely gratified for the opportunity to play a major role in the development and rollout of this revolutionary technology. Thanks to our collaboration with CERN, we have been able to significantly advance the state of the art in storage and networking." ...Genroco profile

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