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Sun Introduces the UltraSPARC T2 Processor

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
August 7, 2007

Today, Sun introduces the UltraSPARC T2 processor, the fastest, most energy efficient microprocessor on the market.[1] By scaling performance through threading and integrating networking, security and I/O onto the processor itself, the UltraSPARC T2 processor delivers more throughput, performance, and functionality per watt than any processor in its class.

With eight cores and 64 threads, the UltraSPARC T2 processor blends high performance and low power consumption with three, essential functions on one piece of silicon: Multi-threaded 10 GbE networking, crypto acceleration, and PCI-Express I/O expansion.

“The UltraSPARC T2 makes possible a new breed of compact, power-efficient, highly integrated devices–going beyond servers to routers, switches, network devices, medical imaging, industrial printing and more,” said David Yen, executive vice president of Microelectronics for Sun.

The chip’s thrifty, energy efficient design continues Sun’s commitment to delivering eco-friendly processors, systems, programs, and services to help enterprises reduce environmental impact and energy costs.

“This is truly a system on a chip,” said Fadi Azhari, director of marketing for Microelectronics at Sun. “Nobody in the world has even a fraction of the threads we are delivering. And we’ve taken major steps with the integration of additional chip multi-threading capabilities right on the chip. When it comes to serving the thread-rich environment that’s growing out there, this is the highest performance processor in the industry.”

Throughput and Performance

Sun’s new UltraSPARC T2 processor raises the chip multi-threading (CMT) bar set in 2005 by the UltraSPARC T1 processor. The new version is unique in that it scales its performance through threading, not through increases in the clock speed, massive enlargement of the caches, or through packaging gimmicks, such as MultiChip Modules (MCMs).

“The competition is simply continuing the brute-force method of increasing clock speed and creating trade-offs between performance and power consumption,” says Azhari. “Sun’s approach with this processor line is much more holistic, based on efficient threading and the integration of key functions onto the chip itself.”

Sun’s unique, multi-threaded 10 GbE technology allows for network-interface virtualization, which helps eliminate bottlenecks when consolidating multiple applications on a single server, and assists in accelerating server-to-server communications for better rack performance.

Meanwhile, integrated, accelerated cryptography capabilities built into the chip enable virtually full security without the performance penalties usually associated with cryptography in software.

Open Source Processor

What’s more, Sun is giving developers a first look at the inner workings of the processor by releasing the OpenSPARC T2 Technology Programmer Reference Manual and the OpenSPARC T2 Technology Microarchitecture Specification through the GPL, and launching an NDA Developer Beta program. Developers will find all of these at opensparc.net.

Application Support

The chip’s 64 processor threads, multithreaded networking, and Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms) make it an optimum platform for consolidation projects, allowing as many as 64 domains on a single processor.

The flexible new processor is also well-suited for a diverse set of applications, including enterprise-grade Java technology, database, and mail servers, and ERP, CRM, and HPC applications. This commodity processor is also available for OEMs. Potential embedded uses for it include network infrastructures, next-generation telco, and WiMax infrastructure and proxy servers.

Multi-threading Throughout the Stack

The new UltraSPARC T2 processor is a natural progression of Sun’s CMT efforts, which rely strongly on the multi-thread capabilities inherent in its flagship Solaris OS and associated CoolThreads technology. “We’ve thought through multi-threading at the OS level, as well as the CPU level, as well as in networking. This has been our vision for a long time,” Azhari says. “Solaris gives you the premier mission-critical operating system in the industry and it’s been multi-threaded for years.”


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

      

New Fujitsu Solaris/SPARC Servers Reflect Commitment to Industry’s Broadest Choice of Platforms, Best Services From a Single Vendor

SUNNYVALE, CA

April 17, 2007

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today discussed how the addition of its new SPARC Enterprise(TM) servers deliver on the Fujitsu strategy and commitment to offering the broadest choice of platforms and the best customer service in the industry. The new servers, announced in a separate release today (“Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems Set the Standard for Open Systems Computing With Fastest, Most Reliable Solaris/SPARC Servers”) increase the breadth of Fujitsu technology solutions, which include tightly integrated, pre-tested solutions that solve their customers’ most challenging business issues and help them lower total cost of ownership as they plan for the future.

“The new high-performance SPARC Enterprise servers represent another major milestone for our strategy, designed to solve the most complex real-world challenges of our customers through flexible, highly reliable hardware and software that leverage the latest integration, virtualization, and automation technologies,” said Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation. “We surround these solutions with the absolute dedication of our service professionals to customer success and to meeting or exceeding environmentally friendly regulations. In the end, it’s all about enabling customers to choose the right technology for their specific needs, while giving them the confidence that every solution they choose will deploy and function as expected, and every issue that arises will be resolved.”

Interoperability Increases Choice

SPARC Enterprise servers running Solaris(TM) 10 deliver a level of performance that will likely reshape the open systems computing market, and Fujitsu has made it easy to deploy the new servers into existing infrastructures. SPARC Enterprise servers have been fully tested to be 100 percent interoperable with the Fujitsu line of PRIMEPOWER® servers and ETERNUS® storage solutions, as well as 100 percent compatible with the complete Fujitsu line of software solutions for business and IT management, including the Interstage Suite for legacy modernization and enterprise compliance management, the CentraSite® SOA registry and repository, Systemwalker® enterprise management software, and PRIMECLUSTER® clustering technology for independent monitoring and immediate response to system and component failures.

For customers relying on other platforms, Fujitsu continues to drive innovation with its Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor-packed PRIMEQUEST® server line for high-end, mission-critical Windows® and Linux-based applications, and its PRIMERGY® family of tower, rack, and blade servers for industry-standard Windows and Linux-based deployments.

Beyond Solutions

Customer choice cannot exist without customer satisfaction, and Fujitsu goes far beyond simply delivering solutions based on innovative technologies by making customer success the key objective of every customer encounter. Fujitsu treats each customer as a full business partner, helping them resolve the technology issues that prevent them from fully leveraging their IT investments, even if the problem is not with products sold by Fujitsu. Concern for customers and the world we live in has prompted Fujitsu to pursue one of the most aggressive environmental strategies in the industry. All covered Fujitsu products manufactured after January 1, 2007 meet or exceed the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) acts passed by the European Union and California. Fujitsu is also expanding its end-of-life IT products-recycling service to nine locations in six countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the US, and multiple countries in Southeast Asia.


About Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Fujitsu Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) committed to the design, development and delivery of advanced computer systems, application infrastructure software products, and managed services for the business enterprise. Through its TRIOLE庐 strategy, the company offers a complete line of scalable and reliable servers, storage and middleware solutions, high-performance mobile and client computers, as well as professional services. Fujitsu Computer Systems has established itself as a strategic solutions provider to the world’s leading organizations by offering technology innovation, customer choice, exceptional product quality and reliability, as well as outstanding customer service. See http://us.fujitsu.com/computers for further information.


About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information.

Fujitsu, the Fujitsu logo, ETERNUS, PRIMEQUEST, PRIMEPOWER, PRIMECLUSTER, and TRIOLE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries. PRIMERGY is a trademark or registered trademark of Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH in the United States and other countries. CentraSite is a trademark or registered trademark jointly owned by Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation and Software AG in the United States and other countries. Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Solaris is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc, in the U.S. and other countries, and is used under license. SPARC is a trademark used under license from SPARC International, Inc. of the U.S.A. SPARC Enterprise is a trademark or registered trademark jointly used by Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH and Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries, under license from SPARC International, Inc. of the U.S.A. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.

The statements provided herein are for informational purposes only and may be amended or altered by Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation without notice or liability. Product description data represents Fujitsu design objectives and is provided for comparative purposes; actual results may vary based on a variety of factors. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

      

Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems Set the Standard for Open Systems Computing With Fastest, Most Reliable Solaris/SPARC Servers

Co-Developed “SPARC Enterprise” Servers to Be Co-Marketed by Fujitsu and Sun


TOKYO and SANTA CLARA, CA

April 17, 2007

Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today unveiled a new line-up of co-developed servers that hold the promise of dramatically reshaping the computing market by delivering mainframe-class reliability with open systems advantages. The new servers, based on the SPARC® architecture and running the Solaris(TM) 10 operating system (OS), are the fastest SPARC servers ever, and will be marketed by both companies and affiliates under the “SPARC Enterprise” product brand. The systems are ideal for customers requiring highly scaleable, reliable servers, and needing to achieve increased system utilization and performance through virtualization. The servers leverage the powerful combination of Fujitsu’s expertise in mission-critical computing technologies and high-performance processor design, and Sun’s expertise in open, scaleable, network computing.

The SPARC Enterprise server line-up is the culmination of over two years of joint development between Fujitsu and Sun, building on their 20-year strategic relationship. The new servers address the growing customer need to maximize system utilization by offering an array of highly granular partitioning and domaining technologies. The SPARC Enterprise servers are also designed to ensure minimal downtime. They contain mainframe-class RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) features such as hot-swappable components (which includes memory and processors), redundant hardware, instruction retry, memory mirroring and extensive diagnostic and healing capabilities.

To protect customers’ existing datacenter investments, Sun guarantees 100% Solaris binary compatibility. This means Fujitsu’s PRIMEPOWER or Sun’s Sun Fire server customers can adopt the new SPARC Enterprise platform with ease and confidence, enabling them to continue to use the broad range of proven Solaris applications (the No. 1 share in the UNIX market) from the world’s top ISV/IHV providers.

“These new systems help customers tackle the world’s most challenging computing problems, whether in the back office or in high-performance computing,” said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun’s Systems group. “And they achieve this performance while delivering mainframe reliability with the unmatched virtualization capabilities that Solaris customers expect.”

“The combination of Fujitsu’s mission-critical computing technology and Sun’s Solaris in the new SPARC Enterprise server line-up, enables us to deliver maximum business value to our customers,” said Chiaki Ito, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Limited. “Not only will they see outstanding performance, smarter resource management and reduced administrative intervention, but unparalleled levels of quality and scalability, that mean increased longevity of use and improved business growth potential.”

The new servers are already demonstrating their performance leadership. The SPARC Enterprise M8000 (16 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads) with SPARC64 VI 2.4 GHz processor running SAP ERP 2005, Oracle® Database 10g and Solaris 10 set a new world-record for the SAP SD 2-tier standard application benchmark for systems with 16 processors as of 04/17/07, achieving 7,300 SD benchmark users.*

New SPARC Enterprise Servers

The new SPARC Enterprise servers will include six models. Entry models use the UltraSPARC(TM) T1 processor developed by Sun Microsystems. Mid-range and high-end models use the SPARC64 VI processor developed by Fujitsu. These systems deliver up to 50 percent more performance than current SPARC-based servers. All the new servers run the Solaris 10 operating system.

Both Fujitsu branded and Sun branded SPARC Enterprise servers will be marketed worldwide. All other features are identical. The systems are available today.


About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information.


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

*The SAP SD standard SAP ERP 2005 application benchmark performed on March 28, 2007 by Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems in Walldorf, Germany has been certified with the following data:

Number of benchmark users & comp.: 7,300 SD (Sales & Distribution) Average dialog response time: 1.98 seconds Throughput: Fully Processed Order Line items/hour: 731,330 Dialog steps/hour: 2,194,000 SAPS: 36,570 Average DB request time (dia/upd): 0.018 sec / 0.041 sec CPU utilization of central server: 99% Operating System central server: Solaris 10 RDBMS: Oracle 10g SAP ECC Release: 6.0 Configuration: Central server: SPARC Enterprise Server Model M8000, 16 processors / 32 cores / 64 threads, SPARC64 VI, 2.4 GHz, 256 KB L1 cache per core, 6 MB L2 cache per processor, 256 GB main memory

The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can be found at the following web page: www.sap.com/benchmark.

      

Sun Sets New World Records With Enhanced UltraSPARC IV+ Servers Running Solaris

Sun Boosts Performance On UltraSPARC Servers, Show Sun’s UltraSPARC Leadership

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
April 3, 2007

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced the availability of faster 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz UltraSPARC(R) IV+ processors for its popular Sun Fire servers. New Sun Fire servers with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz processors offer world record performance, easy application portability and industry leading investment protection. The new servers are powered by the Solaris Operating System (OS), which delivers customers unbroken binary compatibility, thus ensuring that existing applications will run on the new UltraSPARC IV+ processors without the need to re-code or re-compile.

According to industry analyst reports, Sun has gained market share for four consecutive quarters. SPARC-based systems represent a significant portion of that growth and the new 1.95GHz and 2.1 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors demonstrate Sun’s ongoing commitment to improving the performance of the SPARC architecture and the protection of customer investment.

“SPARC, with Solaris, is the engine that drives our server business, and we’re committed to continual improvements on our SPARC-based products,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. “The growing demand for UltraSPARC IV+ servers has helped Sun build tremendous market momentum in our systems line-up, and steal significant market share at the expense of our competitors.”

Sun Sets New World Records

The Sun Fire E2900 with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95 GHz (US-IV+1.95GHz) set a new world-record for a single application server, with a Sun Fire T2000 as the database server, on SPECjAppServer2004 achieving >1781 JOPS – the highest 2-node result performance record to date. The Sun Fire (US-IV+1.95GHz) uses six Solaris containers which – through consolidation – improves datacenter efficiency and promotes higher levels of system utilization.1

The Sun Fire E6900 (24 processors, 48 cores, 48 threads) with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95GHz set a new world-record for the SAP-SD 2-Tier Standard Application benchmark for systems with 24 or fewer processors as of 04/02/07, achieving 6160 users.2

Sun Fire UltraSPARC IV+ servers now own over 75 world-record benchmarks.

The Sun Fire V490, V890, E2900, E4900, E6900, E20K and E25K servers, powered by new 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors have up to 2x the life of comparable IBM servers and up to 1/3 better TCO.

When compared to previous generations, the new UltraSPARC IV+ processor has shown 2X performance over the UltraSPARC IV and 5X performance over the UltraSPARC III.

Sun Fire UltraSPARC platforms are designed to help customers with CRM, business intelligence/data warehousing, and enterprise applications using large databases. The systems are ideal for virtualization environments using a combination of fault isolated hard partitions and flexible Solaris Containers. Solaris 10 Containers can consolidate and virtualize hundreds of applications on a single system so customers save in energy, space and complexity. Solaris Container management is superior to HP and IBM partitioning strategies as it requires less overhead, while providing resource flexibility down to a single processor.

For more information on Sun’s UltraSPARC IV+ processor line, please visit: http://www.sun.com/servers/index.jsp?cat=Sun%20Fire%20Midrange%20Servers&tab=3&subcat=Sun%20UltraSPARC%20IV%2b/IV

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, UltraSPARC, Solaris, and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

1. SPECjAppServer2004
1 Sun Fire E2900 (24 cores, 12 chips) and 1 Sun Fire T2000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 1781.37 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
6 HP DL380 (12 cores, 12 chips) and 1 HP rx8620 (16 cores, 16 chips) 1664.36 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
5 IBM xSeries 365 (20 cores, 20 chips) and 2 IBM xSeries 365 (8 cores, 8 chips) 1343.47
SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
1 HP rx6600 (8 cores, 4 chips) and 1 HP rx8620 (16 cores, 16 chips) 1266.42 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
5 Sun Fire X4100 (20 cores, 10 chips) and 1 Sun Fire E6900 (32 cores, 16 chips) 1781.47
SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
SPEC, SPECjAppServer reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.
Results from www.spec.org as of 04/03/2007.

2. Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard SAP ERP 2004/2005 application benchmark: Sun Fire E6900, 24 processors / 48 cores / 48 threads, UltraSPARC IV+, 1950 MHz, 128 KB(D) + 128 KB(I) L1 cache, 2 MB L2 cache on-chip, 32 MB L3 cache off-chip, 96 GB main memory. Number of benchmark users & comp.: 6,160 SD (Sales & Distribution) Average dialog response time: 1.99 seconds Throughput: Fully Processed Order Line items/hour: 616,330 Dialog steps/hour: 1,849,000 SAPS: 30,820 Average DB request time (dia/upd): 0.018 sec / 0.033 sec CPU utilization of central server: 99% Operating System central server: Solaris 10 RDBMS: Oracle 10g SAP ECC Release: 6.0. The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can be found at the following Web page: www.sap.com/benchmark.

HP Integrity Superdome-16 (16 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads) 16 x 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 9050, 256GB memory, 5,600 SD benchmark users, 1.91s avg resp time, Cert#2006090, SQL Server 2005, Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition; Unisys Enterprise Server Model ES7000/one (16 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads) 16 x 1.6 GHz Dual-Core

Intel Itanium 2 9050, 256GB memory, 4,884 SD benchmark users, 1.93s avg resp time, Cert#2006091, SQL Server 2005, Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition; IBM System p5 570 (16 processors, 16 cores, 32 threads) 16 x 2.2 GHz POWER5+, 128 GB memory, 5,520 SD benchmark users, 1.97s avg resp time, Cert#2006044, DB2 UDB 8.2.2, AIX 5.3; Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST 480 (32 procs, 32 cores, 32 threads) 32 x 1.6 GHz Intel Itanium 2, 256 GB memory, 5,000 SD benchmark users, 1.97s avg resp time, Cert#2006023, Oracle 9i, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9;SAP, R/3, mySAP reg TM of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. More info www.sap.com/benchmark.

      

Sun Expands Solaris/SPARC CMT Innovation Leadership

Sun Completes Tape Out of “Rock” SPARC Processor And Enhances UltraSPARC T1-Based Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
January 18, 2008

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced two advances that demonstrate its continued leadership in chip multi-threading (CMT) and commitment to advancing the SPARC architecture. Sun successfully completed the tapeout (initial design completion for first fabrication) of its new “Rock” processor and announced that it’s enhancing the performance, expandability and performance per watt of its Sun Fire T2000 servers.

“SPARC CMT and the Solaris Operating System (OS) are the foundations of Sun’s business today and in the future,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Sun Microsystems. “The UltraSPARC(R) T1 chip put us way ahead of the competition in multi-core, multi-threaded processing, and generated tremendous interest in our SPARC products among customers. Now with Rock we’re expanding CMT to the high-end. We’ll be able to deliver the most optimized platform for high-end Solaris based applications, and offer industry-changing improvements in price performance across the entire datacenter.”

Sun’s New CMT Products

Rock and the enhanced Sun Fire T2000 servers continue Sun’s leadership in CMT.

  • Rock: The “Rock” processor is Sun’s next-generation, high-end SPARC CMT product line, and its design is focused on delivering the performance and energy efficiency of CMT technology to high-end systems. The successful completion of this critical milestone helps keep Sun on track to deliver the first Rock-based systems in the second half of calendar 2008.
  • Sun Fire T2000 enhancements: Sun is enhancing the performance, expandability and performance per watt of its Sun Fire T2000 servers with support for 64 GB of memory and the new faster 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T1 processor. By offering 64 GB of memory in both existing and new systems, Sun is able to improve performance of memory-bound applications by up to 20 percent while enabling the T2000 servers to handle larger workloads and greater levels of application consolidation.

    The 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T1 processor has already demonstrated up to 30 percent higher throughput than the existing 1.2GHz processor, while also extending Sun’s leadership in datacenter performance and efficiency by delivering 2x higher performance, 5x higher performance per watt and 9x SWaP than current competitive systems. These enhancements enable customers to break through the power, cooling and space limitations that blight many datacenters today, to serve millions of new customers while saving millions of dollars in operational costs.

It is important to note that Sun is also making great progress on the Niagara 2 silicon, and is on target to deliver systems in the second half of calendar 2007.

Sun’s CMT Leadership

In 2006, the SPARC product line enjoyed significantly increased revenue growth with the UltraSPARC T1. A year after the launch, the UltraSPARC T1-based T1000 and T2000 servers, running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), now represent more than $100 million in revenue per fiscal quarter, for Sun, and have played a key role in helping Sun achieve three straight quarters of server revenue growth, according to the most recent IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker.

Sun continues to invest aggressively in CMT innovation, and remains on track to deliver the benefits of CMT technology across its entire product line – from entry level to high end – in the second half of calendar 2008.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Solaris, and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding the future results and performance of Sun Microsystems, Inc., including statements regarding Sun’s commitment to advancing the SPARC architecture; the belief that SPARC CMT and Solaris are the foundations of Sun’s business today and in the future; delivering the first Rock-based systems in the second half of calendar 2008; delivering its enhanced Sun Fire T2000 servers in the second half of calendar 2007; and delivering the benefits of CMT technology across its entire product line in the second half of calendar 2008. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results could differ materially from those predicted in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections and forward-looking statements include: increased competition; failure to rapidly and successfully develop and introduce new products; our reliance on single-source suppliers; risks associated with our ability to purchase a sufficient amount of components to meet demand; inventory risks; risks associated with our international customers and operations; delays in product development or customer acceptance and implementation of new products and technologies; and our dependence on significant customers and specific industries. Please also refer to Sun’s periodic reports that are filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2006. Sun assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.

      

CSO leads the way with new business reporting technology

Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers assist the Irish Central Statistics Office to pilot electronic business reporting using XBRL®

DUBLIN, Calif.
July 20, 2005

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) Ireland has successfully piloted the use of a new business reporting technology, XBRL® (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), in one of its quarterly industry surveys. Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers worked with the CSO in developing this solution. This is the first live implementation of XBRL in Ireland. XBRL is a language which describes the content and structure of business reports, ranging from small form-based sets of data to full financial statements. XBRL facilitates the structuring of financial information in a manner that can be easily understood by computers. XBRL is XML based and facilitates the transmission, storage and processing of this information over the Internet.

The CSO pilot involved the creation of an XBRL version of one of the CSO forms – the Quarterly Accounts Inquiry to Industry. This survey covers all enterprises with 20 or more persons engaged in the Mining, Manufacturing and Energy sectors and reports on changes in stocks, acquisitions and sales of capital assets during a quarter. Seven respondent companies participated in the pilot and successfully submitted data electronically using the XBRL solution.

Fujitsu Software Corporation used its XBRL toolkit, Interstage® XWand™, to define an XBRL taxonomy for the report – this specified the type and structure of the data sought. PricewaterhouseCoopers designed a Microsoft Excel form which exported data as an XBRL instance document, allowing responding companies to create the XBRL report. Both Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers worked with the CSO to ensure that the XBRL data could be quickly and efficiently processed by the CSO.

One of the key features of the pilot was that the use of Excel allowed the XBRL version of the form to be created easily by the respondent companies in a working environment that is familiar to them. When the adoption of XBRL increases in Ireland, the publication of the taxonomy will facilitate companies to complete the survey directly from their accounting systems, making it easier to comply with CSO reporting obligations.

The CSO’s head of e-Government, Maureen Delamere said “The CSO is committed to continually exploring ways of reducing the burden on our data providers. We are very pleased at having led the way with the first implementation of XBRL in Ireland and are delighted at how successful our pilot was. This is an important milestone and the CSO is keen to further explore the opportunities presented by XBRL.”

Fujitsu Software Corporation’s Director, Declan Jones added, “It was great to work on such a groundbreaking project, in which XBRL now becomes a reality in Ireland. Showcasing our XBRL strength is an obvious plus point for Fujitsu Software Corporation but it is the fact that the pilot has positive implications for companies and organisations both private and public who will benefit from the arrival of XBRL based electronic reporting which heightens the profile of this initiative for us”.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ XBRL Champion, Richard Day commented, “We were delighted to help CSO pilot the use of XBRL for such a practical application. They have demonstrated that the benefits that XBRL brings are very relevant to Irish business. It is now time for companies and regulators to incorporate XBRL into their internal and external reporting processes to help reduce the reporting and regulatory burden on corporate Ireland”.

XBRL is developed and promoted by XBRL.org, (www.xbrl.org). This organisation held their last bi-annual global conference in Boston at the end of April and hosted over 300 delegates, including good representation from Ireland. In Ireland, Business Reporting Ireland Limited

(www.xbrl-ie.org) is responsible for the Irish development and promotion of XBRL and this is well supported by all of the CSO, Fujitsu Software Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers.


About the Central Statistics Office

Since its establishment in 1949, the CSO has pursued the mandate, “The collection, compilation, extraction and dissemination for statistical purposes of information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the State”.

The Office exists primarily to meet the needs of Government for quality statistical information which is a vital input to the formation, implementation and monitoring of policy and programmes at national, regional and local levels in a rapidly changing economic and social environment.

It also serves the needs of the wider national and international community (i.e. business, EU, international organisations, media, researchers, and the public generally) for impartial and relevant information on social and economic conditions.

Our data collection needs are continually expanding in line with changing society and the need for more information and in greater detail. We are continually focussed on balancing these data collection requirements with the burden on data providers and are committed to extending the use of electronic data reporting as a means of responding to surveys.

CSO is exploring XBRL as one such channel for respondents. CSO is a founder member of XBRL Ireland, a non-profit company limited by guarantee, which brings together groups from the professions, the financial services industry, general industry, the software industry, the academic world and the public sector.

The key medium-term goal of XBRL Ireland is to provide an XBRL infrastructure in Ireland. Its future brief will embrace the concept of Business Reporting in the widest sense. Following the successful first implementation of XBRL in Ireland, at the CSO, the CSO is keen to further explore the opportunities presented by XBRL, to make it easier for businesses to provide statistical returns.


About Fujitsu Software Corporation

Fujitsu Software Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, California, is part of the Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) family. The wholly owned subsidiary delivers one of the world’s broadest lines of application infrastructure software products, including the Interstage® Suite.

Interstage XWand is an application development and runtime environment for building and deploying full-feature, industrial strength XBRL application. It’s an important solution component for regulatory compliance and greater transparency in financial reporting.

Fujitsu Software Corporation leverages Fujitsu’s international scope and expertise in developing and providing information technology solutions, including more than 4,000 software developers worldwide. To learn more about the Interstage Suite, visit www.fujitsu.com/interstage.


About PricewaterhouseCoopers

PricewaterhouseCoopers has supported XBRL from the start, in terms of its development and adoption globally and in Ireland. This support in Ireland has been led by Richard Day, the Irish XBRL Champion and Oliver Holt, a director of Business Reporting Ireland Limited.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.pwc.com/ie) ) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services for public and private clients. More than 120,000 people in 144 countries connect their thinking, experience and solutions to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wilton Place, Dublin 2 is authorized by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland to carry on investment business.

“PricewaterhouseCoopers” refers to the network of member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, each of which is a separate and independent legal entity.

Copyright 2005 Fujitsu Software Corporation. Fujitsu, the Fujitsu Symbol Mark, and Interstage are registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited. All Interstage products and components are trademarks of Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Software Corporation. XBRL is a registered trademark of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts. All other registered trademarks, trade names, or service marks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.


For further information, please contact:

Fujitsu Software Corporation
Raymond Buchan
00353 1216 1820
rbuchan@fsw.fujitsu.com

Blanc & Otus PR
Trudie Parsons/Kirsten Ackroyd
+ 44 (0) 207 413 3229/ + 44 (0)207 413 3338
tparsons@blancandotus.com / kackroyd@blancandotus.com

      

Continuous Computing® Acquires Key Assets in China from UP Technologies

Acquisition Enhances Company’s Position in China and Strengthens Global Product Development and Manufacturing as well as Regional Customer Support Capabilities

San Diego and Shenzhen, China
July 20, 2005

Continuous Computing® Corporation, global provider of high availability platform solutions that enable telecom equipment manufacturers to rapidly deploy converged communications, today announced the closing of its acquisition of key people, products, technology and other assets from China-based UP Technologies (China), Ltd.

The acquisition, first announced on June 7, 2005, enhances Continuous Computing’s market position in China and adds global product development and manufacturing as well as regional customer support resources. In connection with the establishment of a new subsidiary and regional office, known as Continuous Computing China Technologies (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., the acquisition increases the company’s total staffing by approximately 80 people in Shenzhen and Beijing, China.

More information about this acquisition is available on Continuous Computing’s web sites at www.ccpu.com and www.ccpu.com/cn.


About Continuous Computing

Continuous Computing® Corporation provides high availability platform solutions that enable telecom equipment manufacturers to rapidly deploy converged communications. The company supplies integrated solutions in the wireless and Voice over IP markets to over 125 customers worldwide who rely on Continuous Computing to accelerate time to market, reduce total life cycle costs and increase return on investment. The company offers a comprehensive set of Trillium® protocol software; AdvancedTCA and CompactPCI systems; upSuite® platform management; Trillium+plus Network Service-Ready Platforms™; and customization and product life cycle management services. Founded in 1998, Continuous Computing is based in San Diego with offices globally. The company is ISO-9001 certified and a member of the Intel® Communications Alliance. Additional information is available at www.ccpu.com

Continuous Computing, the Continuous Computing logo, Create | Deploy | Converge, Flex21, FlexChassis, FlexCompute, FlexCore, FlexDSP, FlexPacket, FlexStore, FlexSwitch, Network Service-Ready Platform, Quick!Start, TAPA, Trillium, Trillium+plus, the Trillium logo, upBeat, upDisk and upSuite are trademarks or registered trademarks of Continuous Computing Corporation. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Continuous Computing is an Associate member of the Intel Communications Alliance.

The Intel Communications Alliance is a member-based program comprised of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. Members are committed to providing a strategic supply of standards-based solutions to the communications and embedded market segments. For more information, please visit: www.intel.com/go/ica

      

Nordstrom Completes Rollout of Fujitsu POS Technology

Frisco , Texas
July 19 , 2005

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. has completed the rollout of a point-of-sale (POS) technology replacement for Nordstrom, one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers.

The contract, announced in January 2002, covered more than 150 U.S. stores, which were transformed with new TeamPOS 2000 POS terminals, GlobalSTORE® software and professional installation services. The new store systems technology is assisting salespeople to improve the transaction flow at POS. According to Jan Walsh, vice president and business information officer for Nordstrom, the company undertook several strategic initiatives beginning in 2001 that involved system upgrades designed to enable process efficiencies and improve decision-making.

“This new generation of technology systems provides our salespeople with enhanced tools to service our customers,” said Walsh. “By coupling Fujitsu’s software and hardware, we have a platform capable of delivering new functionality to the point of service. And the full lifecycle solution that Fujitsu offers complimented our desired rollout strategy as well as our long term business requirements.”

Fujitsu’s store systems initiative at Nordstrom began with concurrent customization efforts in Wake Forest and San Diego for its base GlobalSTORE application, to meet Nordstrom business requirements. As a result of Fujitu’s integration and customization efforts, Nordstrom salespeople can now access their Personal Book application through GlobalSTORE.

To ensure that all equipment work flawlessly “right out of the box,” all Fujitsu POS terminals were integrated and tested in the company’s Foothill Ranch, Calif., staging and integration facility. As many as eight stores were built simultaneously at Foothill Ranch and more than 9,400 POS terminals and servers were integrated and tested prior to installation.

“Our business model is specifically designed to partner with and meet or exceed the expectations of retailers who are competing in an ever-challenging environment,” said Austen Mulinder, president and CEO of Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. “Few retail IT providers can deliver like Fujitsu does time and again on such large-scale retail installations that challenge the service and support infrastructure.”


About Nordstrom, Inc.

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, with 152 US stores located in 27 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 95 full-line stores, 49 Nordstrom Racks, five Faconnable boutiques, one free-standing shoe store, and two clearance stores. Nordstrom also operates 32 international Faconnable boutiques, primarily in Europe. Additionally, Nordstrom serves customers through its online presence at http://www.nordstrom.com and through its direct mail catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) and the IT “lifecycle solutions” provider for consumer transaction environments. The company collaborates with customers to relentlessly reduce their costs and improve their profitability. Fujitsu’s offerings include multi-vendor infrastructure management services, point-of-sale hardware and software, mobile devices and self service systems including U-Scan. The company has some 1,500 employees in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Example customers include Canadian Tire, ChevronTexaco, Hannaford Bros., H.EB., Loblaws, Nordstrom, Payless ShoeSource, Regal Cinema, Ross Dress for Less, Staples, Stop & Shop and The TJX Companies, among others. The company also has a 50/50 joint venture with Retalix Ltd. (NASDAQ: RTLX) in StoreNext Retail Technologies LLC, the No. 1 supplier of retail technology to independent grocers and regional chains. Web site: www.ftxs.fujitsu.com

      

Bracco Diagnostids Inc. Partners with Toshiba on Core64 Study

Contrast Agent Isovue®-370 (iopamidol injection 76%) Used in International Investigation Assessing Multislice CT for Diagnostic Cardiac Imaging

PRINCETON, NJ
July 13, 2005

Bracco Diagnostics Inc. announced today it has partnered with Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation in supporting a landmark clinical trial aimed at assessing the viability of using multislice computed tomography (CT) as a primary diagnostic tool for detecting cardiovascular diseases and disorders, in comparison to cardiac catheterization. 

The study, named “CorE 64″ for “coronary evaluation on 64″ is the first multi-center clinical study to focus specifically on computed tomography angiography (CTA) using 64-slice CT technology.  Patient evaluations are expected to take place for several months, and initial study results are planned for release in 2006.

Bracco’s contrast agent Isovue®-370, the highest concentration iodine agent approved for CT imaging in the United States, will be provided for non-invasive diagnostic imaging of cardiac patients in conjunction with Toshiba CT technologies, including the AquilionTM CFX 64-slice CT scanner, the 64-row Quantum Detector, as well as SURECardioTM and SUREPlaqueTM applications. 

According to Bracco Diagnostics Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Medici, the study will be a highly important benchmark in assessing one of the fastest growing CT applications in the diagnostic imaging arena.

“Bracco firmly believes that this is a necessary endeavor, and that cardiologists and radiologists need a large-scale, controlled study to accurately gauge the viability of Coronary CTA, clarify much of the prevailing hype, and perhaps instill greater confidence in this diagnostic imaging application,” said Medici.  “We are proud to work with Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation in this regard, because Bracco places a priority focus on supporting clinical research that addresses specific market issues and helps move the process of innovation in diagnostic imaging forward.”

According to Bracco, Isovue-370 was selected for the trial because it is the only product in the US market that is approved at this iodine concentration (370mgI/ml) for CT.  The use of high iodine nonionic agents in conjunction with multi-slice CT equipment is already widely accepted amongst the imaging community.  High concentration agents can provide the necessary iodine delivery rate (IDR) safely and still match the power and speed of 64-slice CT scanners.

In the study, CTA will be used to visualize soft plaque, measure coronary stenosis, plan quantitative treatment, and calculate plaque burden. 

The use of CT cardiac imaging is already growing exponentially throughout the world, as is the implementation of multislice CT scanners.  In 2004, approximately 6 percent of all diagnostic coronary procedures were performed with CT, and Bracco estimates substantial continued growth in the next five years.  It is estimated that 95 percent of all CT scanners purchased today are multidetector scanners.

“64-MDCTA has an obvious potential in the care of patients with coronary artery disease; however, for that potential to be realized we need to demonstrate comparability with conventional angiography in a multi-center format,” said Joao A. C. Lima, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology, and Director of Cardiovascular Imaging in Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University.  “This study is therefore crucial and Bracco’s participation a very important asset in making the study a success.”

The study involves a number of esteemed health care institutions from throughout the world, including the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, Humboldt University, Campus Charité Mitte in Germany, INCOR Heart Institute of the School of Medicine Hospital, Sao Paolo University in Brazil, and Iwate Medical University in Japan.


About Toshiba

With headquarters in Tustin, California, Toshiba America Medical Systems markets, sells, distributes and services diagnostic imaging systems, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States.  Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, an independent group company of Toshiba Corporation, is a global leading provider of diagnostic medical imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions such as CT, X-ray, Ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI and information systems.  Toshiba Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products, and power systems.  Toshiba has approximately 162,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $55 billion.


About Isovue

Bracco launched Isovue (iopamidol injection), the first ready-to-use, nonionic contrast agent, in 1981.  In the US, Isovue is approved for a wide range of diagnostic and interventional indications.  It is available in concentrations of 200, 250, 300 & 370mgI/ml.  It is one of the market leading nonionic agents sold in the US and remains the nonionic agent of choice for thousands of clinicians world-wide.

Nonionic iodinated contrast media inhibit blood coagulation, in vitro, less than ionic contrast media.  Clotting has been reported when blood remains in contact with syringes containing nonionic contrast media.  Serious, rarely fatal, thromboembolic events causing myocardial infarction and stroke have been reported during angiographic procedures with both ionic and nonionic contrast media.  Therefore meticulous intravascular administration technique is necessary, particularly during angiographic procedures, to minimize thromboembolic events.  As with all injectable contrast agents, the possibility of severe reactions should be borne in mine, regardless of the patient’s pre-existing medical history.


About Bracco

The Bracco Group is a world leading provider of global diagnostic imaging solutions, with net sales of about $1.25 billion.  Bracco has operations in 115 countries and about 3,300 employees, around 600 of whom work in R&D.  Bracco invests approximately 15% of its annual turnover in R&D and has a portfolio of 1,500 patents worldwide.

The Bracco Group is a leader in the diagnostic imaging market with an integrated product offering from a diverse roster of subsidiary companies.  While Bracco is recognized internationally as a definitive market leader in its core business of contrast media, Bracco also markets key diagnostic imaging resources through the following companies:  Esaote, which is one of the world’s primary producers of magnetic resonance and ultrasound imaging systems; ACIST Medical Systems, a manufacturer of advanced contrast media injection systems; EBIT-AET, which creates and markets medical application software, and Singapore-based Volume Interactions, which also produces advanced medical software.

Bracco also operates a high-level international research network, with three centers (Milan, Geneva, and Princeton).  These centers develop products of the latest-generation diagnostic techniques, from X-ray and computed tomography (CT) to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocontrast.

*Isovue is a registered trademark of Bracco.  Aquilion, SURECardio, and SUREPlaque are trademarks of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation.

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