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The August 1998 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

August 31, 1998

Issue No. 59

I. SPARC News……………!



I. A. – SPARC International Welcomes Two New Members

Sapporo, Japan–August 1,1998–Kanamoto Co.,Ltd joined SPARC International as an IHV member. The Computer and Peripheral Rental Division was established in 1983 as the third operating division of Japan’s leading consruction equipment rental company. Kanamoto will submit its memory products to the SPARC International PVT program for testing next month.

Fremont, CA–August 12, 1998–Insignia Solutions, developer of SoftWindows 95 for UNIX has become an ISV member of SPARC International. SoftWindows 95 for UNIX enables SPARC(R) computers to run Windows 95 applications alongside existing UNIX applications. Files may be easily moved between PC and UNIX file systems. In addition, SoftWindows 95 for UNIX includes PC networking support for UNIX computers in the PC environment and Internet Access capability.


Greenbelt, MD–August 1, 1998–Empress announces support of Suns JDBC API for the Empress RDBMS. Via the Empress JDBC Interface, Web server developers and GUI developers can take advantage of a host of tools and capabilities to display, retrieve and format information residing on Empress relational databases. Web developers can easily create Java servlets and CGI programs to manage Empress databases. GUI developers can utilize the Java platforms freely-distributed Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) as a powerful applet and graphical application development environment.

With the Empress JDBC Interface, programmers have the ability to create servlets and CGI programs using the Internet application development environment provided by Empress Hypermedia.

“Empress offers products well-suited for Internet computing via a robust database and development tools. Fusing both the Internet computing technologies of Empress and the Java platform, the Empress JDBC Interface enables the creation of a powerful applications development environment” states Njai Wong, director of product development.

Furthermore Sun‘s Abstract Windowing Toolkit (AWT) can now be utilized via the Empress JDBC Interface. Sun’s AWT allows you to create buttons, menus, scrollbars, dialog boxes and even entire GUI applications to display Empress information. Moreover, developers using the Empress RDBMS and Sun’s AWT have increased flexibility through the cross-platform functionalities of both products. The AWT is not operating system specific, allowing you to bypass platform-specific windowing issues. Empress also provides for cross-platform functionality between Unix and Windows environments through the Empress ODBC Interface. Moreover, Empress allows users to select from over 1500 popular Unix and Windows operating systems.

For more information about Empress, please call +301 220-1919. Check our web site at www.empress.com or send e-mail to info@empress.com. You can write to us at Empress Software, 6401 Golden Triangle Drive, Greenbelt, MD, 20770.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, Java and JDBC are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the United States and other countries.


Sunnyvale, CA–August 7, 1998–The Cygnus GNUPro™ Toolkit 98r1 is the latest release of an open-source, de facto standard compiler and debugger toolchain for native and embedded software development. For software developers, the Cygnus GNUPro Toolkit provides:

Access to an open-source code base for greatest flexibility during the design cycle,

  • Mission-critical support for working at maximum efficiency, and
  • A single-source toolchain for easy portability and maximum code reuse. The GNUPro Toolkit 98r1 includes ANSI-conforming C/C++ compilers, a macro-assembler, the Cygnus GNUPro debugger, binary utilities and libraries.

Key Features of the Cygnus GNUPro Toolkit 98r1 include the following:

  • Cygnus GNUPro C Compiler – The latest advances in compiler optimization extend the programmer’s ability to optimize code for speed and size.
  • Cygnus GNUPro C++ Compiler – The industry-leading C++ compiler, providesenhanced exception handling and more extensive template functionality. Cygnus offers the most comprehensive support for C++ and continues to track the standard.
  • Cygnus GNUPro Debugger – A source- and assembly-level debugger, it includes Cygnus’ high-performance graphical user interface that enables users to visualize the gdb debugger through a series of intuitive, easy-to-use windows and menus.

New Host Platforms: AIX4.2, Red Hat Linux 5.0 and Solaris 2.6.


Waterford, MI–August 9, 1998–AT&T purchased the On-Line! Detective for Sun to enhance their ability to support Sun computer systems. The company will outfit their Premises Network Computer Support Division with the Detective to provide technical support for key internal and external Sun end-users.

AT&T purchased the On-Line! Detective for Sun to enhance their ability to support Sun computer systems. The company will outfit their Premises Network Computer Support Division with the Detective to provide technical support for key internal and external Sun end-users.

“AT&T chose the Detective to give us a competitive edge in the service industry”, proclaims Lalo Munoz, AT&T Southern Region Technical Consultant. “The tool provides the power of information to resolve problems or issues on-site, saving significant time and resources. Utilizing the Detective, AT&T expects to deliver the best support for Sun systems in the industry.” AT&T will not only use the Detective to replace the current hardware support they receive from Sun Service but actively pursue third-party maintenance opportunities.

The On-Line! Detective for Sun is a critical knowledge base of information covering hardware and OS related issues. The Detective provides diagnostic, troubleshooting and system support for Sun/SPARC workstations and servers at the click of a mouse. The tool can be deployed via Solaris or Windows operating systems. Using the tool on a laptop gives AT&T technicians’ greater ability to resolve issues out in the field and affords a significant edge over most of the competition.

SoftTech Solutions develops expert systems and on-line technical documentation. The company’s flagship product, the On-Line! Detective for Sun, is ideal for field engineers, system administrators, help-desk centers and Sun computer brokers/resellers. The Detective saves time and frustration in finding and resolving most Sun/SPARC computer problems. Examples include Sun error messages with interpretations, troubleshooting flow-chart diagrams and part number access. The On-Line! Detective supports any company who maintains Sun systems and is the ultimate compliment to any service contract.

For more information about the On-Line! Detective for Sun and other products and services call SoftTech Solutions at +888 786-4393 or visit their web site at www.stsolutions.com.


SAN JOSE, CA–August 19, 1998–Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced that its Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have shipped systems containing the one millionth UltraSPARC(TM) microprocessor. This achievement, occurring in just over three years, represents one of the shortest amounts of time that any enterprise-class microprocessor architecture has reached this milestone. In addition, the UltraSPARC architecture is the first 64-bit computer architecture to reach this level of market acceptance.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, “The Network Is The Computer(TM),” has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at www.sun.com.


MILPITAS, CALIF. – August 19, 1998 – Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. (TSTI), celebrating more than 10 years of commitment to the SPARC systems market, today introduced the COMPstation? U60-2360, a new Sun Ultra 60-compatible workstation powered by dual 360 MHz UltraSPARC-II microprocessors. The COMPstation U60-2360 broadens Tatung’s use of the PCI I/O bus as an integral new design component of the company’s SPARC-based workstations and servers, which are installed at tens of thousands of user sites throughout North America.

Now available, the new system is offered in both tower and rack-mount configurations. The towers support high-performance graphics and Java-development applications, while the rack-mount models are designed to suit the needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), OEMs and industrial, commercial and communications applications. Tatung’s most powerful workstation, the COMPstation U60-2360 leverages the dual 64-bit UltraSPARC-II processors to deliver performance of 15.4 SPECint_95 and 27.8 SPECfp_95*.

The COMPstation U60-2360 supports one 33 MHz, 32-bit PCI device; two 33 MHz, 64-bit PCI devices; and one 66 MHz, 64-bit PCI device. A 64-bit horizontal UPA slot is available for add-ons such as Creator graphics cards. Standard configurations include two, 360 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors; 128 MB RAM; and 4 GB of hard disk storage. Other standard features consist of Ultra Wide SCSI; two serial ports; one parallel port; and a 100-BaseT Ethernet interface.

The tower configuration is equipped with a PCI graphics card, and it offers up to five drive bays for incorporating two, standard 3-1/2-inch hard drives; a 5-1/4-inch CD-ROM drive; a 4- or 8mm tape drive; and another peripheral, such as a 3-1/2-inch floppy drive or other device that will fit into a 5-1/4-inch slot. The rack-mount configuration, designed to utilize network storage, features slots for two, one-inch, 3-1/2-inch drives. An add-on disk array storage subsystem available from Tatung as an option enables users to add peripherals as needed. With hard disk capacity of 72 GB or more, the disk array makes the COMPstation U60-2360 robust enough to support departmental or small enterprise Internet or Intranet applications. Other options include up to 2 GB of RAM; up to 18 GB or more of hard disk storage; additional PCI graphics cards; Creator 3D Graphics; ATM connectivity; Ultra Wide SCSI; and a wide range of monitors. In addition, TSTI is offering monitors in 17″, 19″, 21″ and 24″ models. Suggested list pricing for the COMPstation U60-2360 starts at $15,990 for a standard tower configuration. The rack-mount system is offered at a suggested list price of $16,270.

Tatung Science & Technology, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of the over $4 billion, multi-national Tatung Co., is the leading provider of SPARC-compatible workstations and servers. The company’s product line features the broadest range of client/server computing solutions available, from desktops to multi-processing servers. Tatung is a founding member of SPARC International. For more information, contact Tatung Science & Technology, Inc., 1840 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035. Telephone +800 659-5902. E-mail:mkt@tsti.com. URL: www.tsti.com.

* Estimated ratings.


Sterling Heights, MI-August 24, 1998–Rave Computer Association, Inc., an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of Sun Microsystems, announces the release of the Rave RM-AXmp system.

In the RM-AXmp, Rave integrates the Sun Microsystems Ultra-AXmp motherboard into a 5U-19 chassis. This new development will allow dual- and quad-processing in a 64-bit UltraSPARC-powered system. The Ultra-AXmp motherboard will support one to four CPUs and up to six PCI slots. The system features a 600-watt power supply, integrated dual Ultra-wide SCSI, and three cooling fans. It also supports a maximum of 2 GB of memory. Rave’s RM-AXmp is specifically designed for the telecommunications and internet service provider markets.


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The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
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Implementation Characteristics of Current SPARC-V9 based products $25.00
Mbus Interface Specification (Version 1.2) $40.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 1.1) $20.00
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SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
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SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

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