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TASKING TASKING Tool Suite Delivers Advanced DSP Capabilities to Internet Audio Developers

Dedham, MA, May 18, 2001 — TASKING announced immediate availability of a tool suite for the Parthus MediaStream DSP core that enables developers to tap into the exploding media processing market that includes opportunities such as portable Internet audio applications. Recognizing the significance of tight SoC integration for Internet audio applications, TASKING's Parthus MediaStream Tool Suite V1.1 provides a complete development environment tailored specifically for the high-performance DSP capabilities of the architecture. Equipped with TASKING's highly optimized C/C++ compiler, advanced debugging capabilities and memory management features, developers can take advantage of the flexible memory-based approach of the MediaStream integrated circuit that highly complements the core's fully programmable and upgradeable solution.

The TASKING MediaStream Tool Suite, V1.1 is available now on Windows 95/98/NT/2000 and SUN Solaris. About TASKING TASKING, The Embedded Communications Company, brings together the software technology needed to compete in the embedded communications era. TASKING's award-winning integrated development environment, compiler, debugger, embedded Internet and RTOS offerings support a wide range of DSPs and 8-, 16- and 32-bit microprocessors and microcontrollers for all areas of embedded communications. TASKING was founded in 1974 and has its headquarters in Dedham, Massachusetts, and engineering, sales and support offices in the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan and the UK. TASKING's 100,000 licensed users include the world's leading telecom, datacom, wireless and peripheral. ...TASKING profile
TASKING Tool Suite Delivers Advanced DSP Capabilities to Internet Audio Developers

Sun Grows Unix Server Market Lead

Lightwave Communications Introduces Large-Scale Matrix Switching for Graphics Computing Environments

3Dlabs Confirmed as Workstation Graphics Leader

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During most of recorded history, astronomers believed that the Sun rotated around the Earth. The mathematician Copernicus (1473-1543) operating a hundred years before the invention of the telescope thought a better explanation was that the Earth actually revolved around the Sun. Teaching this theory got Galileo into a lot of trouble, in the early 17th century. This and other new ideas were part of the intellectual development we now call the Renaissance, in which great sceientists abandoned the received doctrines from classical antiquity, in those cases where their own experience and measurement suggested better theories.

In the SPARC systems market you could say we're in the Renaissance, where most people are quite comfortable with the idea that everything revolves around Sun Microsystems. So Sun's planned shut-down of operations during the first week in July, as a cost cutting measure designed to save jobs, could be the first time that people in this market get a chance to see other companies which are usually outshone by the strength of Sun's powerful marketing machine.

Just as the solar system would be a pretty dull place if you took away the planets, comets, and other stuff swirling around the center or the photons and other particles which are passing through, the same can be said of the markets for compatible products which revolve around Sun Microsystems.

If you were to take away the software which has been developed by thousands of independent software vendors which solve useful problems, or the specialised hardware developed by hundreds of independent manufacturers which let you use the operating system in more diverse physical situations, or connect to a wider range of external systems, the result would be a computer system which, while elegant, had little practical value except to computer scientists.

Sun has always known this, which is why it has invested in partnership programs, starting with the Catalyst in the 1980's, licensing the SPARC architecture via SPARC International in 1989, and more recently the Solaris Ready marketing programs. And let's not forget the resellers who historically have actually sold SPARC systems to more customers than Sun Microsystems. These thousands of partnerships have made the SPARC platform the powerful data factory it is today.

So, is the SPARC market going to screech to a grinding halt, while the people at Sun take an enforced sabbatical in July?

Are new Solaris product introductions going to wait in limbo for a week because they couldn't get the signoff from a marketing angel in Sun?

In the modern era of astronomy, we realise that the Sun is just one star in this galaxy. It's significant to us, beacuse we're close to it, but actually it's part of a much bigger system, we call the universe, which is drifting and may (or may not) be expanding. If you look at projections for the size of the computer market in as little as 3 years time, the segment which we currently call "storage" will be worth more than 10 times as much in annual revenue as Sun's entire revenue today...

Although people will still need servers and PC's they'll spend more on storage systems and a whole bunch of storage related networks and services which are still emerging from new companies. A recent press release from EMC, quoted research company Meta Group's estimate that storage-related costs will constitute up to 80 percent of server purchases through 2004 The gravitational effect from that all dark matter will change all parts of the computer market more strongly than any one company... even if that company is Sun, Intel or Microsoft.

Companies which still want to launch new products for the Sun compatible market in the first week in July should remember that during an eclipse, you can see halo effects clearer than at other times. Send your press releases here and you may find you can loosen that marketing umbilical cord more easily than you thought.

Sun Microsystems Sun Grows Unix Server Market Lead

PALO ALTO, CA - May 16, 2001 - Soft economy be damned. Independent numbers just released by industry analyst firm Gartner Dataquest on U.S. server shipments place Sun Microsystems Inc. atop the UNIX® server market and confirm that Sun is tightening its grip as No. 2 in worldwide revenue of all servers, regardless of operating system.

"All the heartburn over a soft economy has overshadowed the important fact that customers continue to choose Sun and our focused vision over the mixed signals sent by our nearest competitor," said Shahin Khan, vice president of marketing for computer systems at Sun Microsystems.

In UNIX server shipments, Gartner Dataquest reported that Sun shipments in the U.S. grew by 10.7 percent from the first quarter of 2000. Sun maintained a leadership position in the U.S. UNIX market with a two-to-one margin lead against its nearest competitor: Sun has marketshare of 45 percent in units and 50 percent in revenue.

In total server shipments covering all operating systems, the trend was the same: Sun shipments grew 10.7 percent, more than the vast majority of the competition. According to the most recent worldwide revenue data, Sun ranks solidly No. 2 with nearly one-quarter of all server revenue. ...Gartner Dataquest profile, ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comment:- for the second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2001. HP's recent press release (May 16, 2001) says that their UNIX server revenues declined 13% year over year and 1% sequentially. Remember this is revenue, not shipments. With server prices softening that's a bigger number of unit servers.
Lightwave Communications Lightwave Communications Introduces Large-Scale Matrix Switching for Graphics Computing Environments

Milford, CT- May 15, 2001 - Lightwave Communications, the leader in high performance switching and extension solutions for the graphics computing marketplace announces its latest matrix switching development, the Matrix-Hub 1282 (128 squared). Ideally suited to animation, post production, virtual reality, and scientific applications the Matrix-Hub 1282 permits full matrix switching of RGB video, keyboard/mouse, audio and serial signals from up to 128 sources (computers) to the same number of destinations (users).

The switch in the 128 source/destination configuration is comprised of a video chassis and up to three universal chassis' that are fitted with keyboard/mouse, serial and audio input/output cards according to customer needs. Additional universal chassis' can be added for increased distribution capability. The universal chassis also permits input/output cards to be combined in one chassis to accommodate customer needs for sources and destinations fewer than the 128 the Matrix-Hub serves when fully loaded. ...Lightwave Communications profile
3Dlabs 3Dlabs Confirmed as Workstation Graphics Leader

Sunnyvale, CA - May 15, 2001 - 3Dlabs®, Inc. Ltd. today announced that the latest data confirms 3Dlabs' leading position in the market for workstation-level 3D graphics. The market research firm Jon Peddie Associates, a highly respected authority in the workstation graphics marketplace, compiled the data in its' April NT/Windows 2001 Workstation Market Study. JPA calculated 3Dlabs' market share as 35 percent, topping all other competitors, including ATI Technologies and NVIDIA Corporation. The results confirm 3Dlabs' leadership in meeting the needs of professionals who demand superior performance, functionality and quality when working with the industry's leading CAD, digital media, and visual imaging applications.

2001 is proving to be a remarkable year for 3Dlabs, with major achievements such as:
  • Release of the next-generation Wildcat II 5110-the industry's fastest graphics accelerator.
  • Key OEM design wins including Compaq Computer Corporation, Dell Computer Corporation, SGI and Sun Microsystems.
  • A new Wildcat Partner Program that makes Wildcat graphics accelerators available in the reseller channel for the first time.
  • Key certifications from leading software vendors in computer aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC).
...3Dlabs profile

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