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Sun Microsystems Sun Doubles Capacity, Lowers TCO for Midrange Storage Systems

SANTA CLARA, CA - July 31, 2002 - Sun Microsystems announced today that it is shipping two new drives with the Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 storage systems, the 181 GB high density disk drive and the 36 GB 15,000 RPM high performance disk drive. The new drives provide Sun customers double the storage capacity in the same footprint, giving them the opportunity to lower their storage systems cost by half.

The addition of the 181 GB disk drives to Sun's midrange systems will help more than double the capacity in the same footprint, from an estimated 11 terabytes to more than 29 terabytes in a maximum configuration. This solution helps drive down costs across the IT environment, from acquisition and administration, to maintenance and software licensing, while keeping power consumption at parity with lower capacity systems.

The addition of the 36 GB 15,000 RPM disk drives to the Sun StorEdge 3900 and 6900 series is expected to enhance the performance of the storage solutions by 50%, while response times for random read and write are expected to increase by more than 30%. ...Sun Microsystems profile

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Sun Doubles Capacity, Lowers TCO for Midrange Storage Systems

Interphase Announces New Network Processor Card Purpose-Built for 3G Wireless

Verification Program Helps Keep Java Plain Vanilla

PDSi Reports Financial Results

Sun Acquisition May Help Put the Sparkle Back into Sun's SPARC Processors

Sun's New Graphics Accelerator Delivers 80 Million Fully Lit, Textured, Anti-Aliased Triangles Per Second

Princeton Softech Expands Active Archiving to Sun Microsystems Solaris Platform

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Waiting for Fujitsu?

In the Wintel world whenever Intel is a bit slow in bringing out a new faster processor, manufacturers of PCs and servers don't worry, because they know that arch rival AMD is waiting in the wings and will soon come up with such a solution. That competitive pressure keeps the performance curve leaning into the wind. The same used to be true in the world of SPARC processors, back in the early 90's when the data bus was still operating at 32 bits.

A company called Weitek produced a clock doubling SPARC processor which was a user installable upgrade for single processor workstations like the SPARCstation 2. At about the same time another company, Ross Technology brought out its hyperSPARC chips for multi-processor systems like the SPARCstation 10 and 20. The hyperSPARCs were typically 30% to 40% faster than Sun's own SuperSPARC chips at that time. Both products achieved significant market share (upto about 20% of compatible systems). Both products attacked Sun at its core, and this was good for users because they got faster products quicker and cheaper. The change to 64 bits gave Sun an advantage over wouldbe chip rivals, because Sun controlled the operating system. Fujitsu owned HAL Computer launched the first 64 bit SPARC workstation in 1995, but within weeks Sun did the same, and little more was heard of HAL until the company was closed down some years later.

Sun's recent acquisition of Afara Websystems deals a death blow to the prospect of a rank outsider coming in with acceleration options anytime soon for owners of legacy Sun servers. Fujitsu still makes its own SPARC chips, but 1995 was the last time that a Fujitsu designed SPARC chip ran faster than one from Sun, so it's unlikely that the Sun marketers in Mountain View are trembling in anticipation of what comes next. (Unlike Intel when it comes to new product announcements by AMD.) The Sun marketers already know that the next fastest SPARC chip will be one designed by Sun. And when they're good and ready, they'll let you buy it.

In the meantime if you'd really like that 30% speed up now, without having to change a single line of SPARC applications software, take a look at Solid state disks. There's always a solution if you look hard enough.

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. The iNAV 4000 is one of the industry's first network processor cards that is fully compliant with both PICMG 2.16 Gigabit Ethernet CompactPCI Packet Switching Backplane and PICMG 2.15 PCI telecom mezzanine card standards. Multiple application environments can immediately benefit from the standards-based iNAV 4000 solution, including 3G wireless and next generation networks.
Interphase Announces New Network Processor Card Purpose-Built for 3G Wireless

DALLAS, Texas - July 29, 2002 - Interphase Corporation today announced the iNAV 4000 CompactPCI Network Processor Card, the first product in a new line of network processor cards from Interphase.

The built-in features of the iNAV 4000, including automatic protection switching, provide a cost-effective, high-performance solution for carrier environments requiring the highest levels of reliability, availability and serviceability for maximum service provider network resilience. In ATM-based 3G wireless networks, the architecture of the iNAV 4000 achieves unparalleled levels of price/performance in AAL2 packetized voice, AAL5 and IP protocol processing, providing a seamless bridge between ATM and Ethernet networks.

The iNAV 4000 provides a small-footprint, low power and cost-effective solution for high-end data path packet processing for access networking equipment. With the addition of Wintegra's WinPath packet processor, an on-board 500MHz PowerPC processor, two fully compliant PICMG 2.15 PTMC sites, two 1000BaseT Ethernet uplinks, on-board Ethernet switching, additional front or rear access 10/100 or 1000BaseT Ethernet links and other powerful features, the iNAV 4000 incorporates the functionality aspects of existing multiple-board approaches - communications peripherals, general purpose single board computers and network processors - combining them into a single module.

The iNAV 4000 will be available to customers in October 2002 with a starting list price of $4,795. ...Interphase profile
Sun Microsystems
. "Customers in today's market have many options for Java technology-based applications and application servers, and they want an added level of assurance that applications can work in a mixed application server environment," said Tracey Stout, vice president,marketing for Java and XML Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The Java Verification program is unique in that it enables developers to continue to differentiate their offerings, while providing customers with a way to compare applications built on different Java technology-based products."
Verification Program Helps Keep Java Plain Vanilla

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - JULY 29, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the Java Verification Program for the enterprise. The program verifies applications to help ensure that they can run on any application server based on Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition(J2EE) technology. The program also helps customers to differentiate product offerings that can run on different J2EE-compatible application servers. As a result ISVs and customers can receive a better return on their investment because their solutions can run in a heterogeneous J2EE technology-based application server environment.

The Java Verification Program for the enterprise tests the portability of enterprise applications across different implementations of J2EE. It leverages the Java Application Verification Kit for the Enterprise(Java AVK Enterprise), a technology provided by Sun that enables developers to test their applications using specific guidelines and rules. ISVs whose product offerings meet the cross-platform criteria specified in the Java AVK for the Enterprise Handbook can receive the Java Verification certification and display the "Java Verified" brand and logo for their certified product offering after completing a licensing agreement. Companies with verified applications also may participate in periodic, Sun-sponsored co-marketing opportunities. ...Sun Microsystems profile

Editor's comments:- Sun's verification program will help weed out any of those Visual Basic run time features which somehow got accidentally left in your screen scripts.
PDSi
. "We'd like to say these increases are a trend, but we still don't have the visibility going forward to do that. We continue to focus our efforts and make progress on growing the service business, key product development programs and broadening our customer base."

Commenting on new service programs, Bair said the drive to develop new OEM programs is off to a great start. "Our early success in one program has already prompted that OEM to award PDSi additional repair programs that will start before year end. We've brought back some people that were laid off in January, and are starting to hire more, that have specific technical skill sets and ability levels."
PDSi Reports Financial Results: has been rehiring

COLUMBUS, Ohio - July 24, 2002 - Pinnacle Data Systems, Inc. (PDSi) (AMEX: PNS) today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2002.

Sales for the second quarter totaled almost $4.5 million, up from first quarter sales of $3.4 million. Positive earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) resulted in a near break-even net loss of $11,000, or $0.002 per share, for the second quarter compared to a net loss of $300,000, or about $0.05 per share, in the first quarter. Sales for the second quarter of 2001 were almost $5.7 million, resulting in a net loss of $329,000, or $0.06 per share, that quarter.

John Bair, President and CEO, said the second quarter results were better than initially expected as ordering from non-telecommunications product customers increased during the quarter. Service ended the quarter with its highest shipment month since early 2001, despite the usual summer slowdown. ...PDSi profile
Sun Microsystems Sun Acquisition May Help Put the Sparkle Back into Sun's SPARC Processors

Editor:- July 23, 2002 in a press release today from Sun Microsystems, the company announced that it has acquired Afara Websystems, Inc., a company that develops next-generation, SPARC®-based microprocessor technology focused on delivering breakthrough levels of processor performance.

Sun's own processor products are one to two years behind the performance curve which Sun led users and partners to expect from its SPARC processors. That's one of the factors which has led to the company's poor financial performance during the last year. Without providing the high performance which Sun users came to expect during the 1990's, Sun would be well on its way to becoming a $10 billion or smaller company, compared to its peak of $18 billion.

Afara is a small design company which has been working on high performance SPARC processor designs. According to an article in The Register, one of Afara's co-founders is Les Kohn, who worked on Intel's highly successful embedded RISC processor, the i860 and i960 and also on Sun's own UltraSPARC-I.
Sun Microsystems Sun's New Graphics Accelerator Delivers 80 Million Fully Lit, Textured, Anti-Aliased Triangles Per Second

SAN ANTONIO - SIGGRAPH CONFERENCE - July 22, 2002 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. today unveiled the development release program for the Sun XVR-4000 graphics accelerator. Designed to address the high-end Workgroup Visualization market, Sun's advanced technologies and affordable graphics systems should help Sun extend its market share and introduce new growth opportunities in the visualization sector.

Sun's new graphics platform is powered by Sun's most advanced graphics architecture and is the latest implementation in Sun's visualization strategy, initiated in March with the release of Sun's Personal Visualization Systems, based on the Sun XVR-1000 graphics accelerator. The XVR-4000 graphics accelerator takes the capabilities of Sun's XVR graphics product line to a new level with enhanced visual quality and performance for small and large collaborative Workgroup Visualization environments. Early testing indicates the XVR-4000 graphics accelerator is expected to deliver nine times better 3D geometry performance than SGI's Infinite Reality (IR-3) graphics and four times the usable texture memory.

Capable of managing very large data sets while delivering unsurpassed visual quality, the XVR-4000 graphics accelerator is an ideal choice for customers in the manufacturing, oil and gas, or scientific research industries who wish to run visualization applications either in a personal immersive desk-side, a CAVE, or a small or large Workgroup Visualization environment; and for customers in the visual simulation segment who wish to run their training or simulation applications in a multi-display environment. The XVR-4000 graphics accelerator is expected to be available later this year for less than $30,000 list price . ...Sun Microsystems profile
Princeton Softech
. "Princeton Softech is committed to expanding active archiving technology across all platforms to help users worldwide take control of accelerating data growth," says Lisa Cash, President and CEO of Princeton Softech. "As the UNIX platform with the largest market share, support of Sun Solaris marks the beginning of our effort to support UNIX and our commitment to UNIX users worldwide. We also plan to deliver UNIX processing capabilities for Hewlett Packard's HP-UX and IBM's AIX operating systems."
Princeton Softech Expands Active Archiving to Sun Microsystems Solaris Platform

PRINCETON, NJ - July 22, 2002 - Princeton Softech today announced general availability of Princeton Softech's Archive for Servers 5.0 with support for Sun Microsystems' Solaris UNIX operating environment.

This advance allows companies to optimize network facilities and take advantage of high-speed UNIX processing capabilities to archive large volumes of relational data stored on the Sun Solaris UNIX platform. Additionally, Archive for Servers 5.0 delivers enhanced support for Microsoft's SQL Server 2000. ...Princeton Softech profile

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