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The August 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products


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August 31, 1999

Issue No. 71

I. SPARC News……………!

  1. SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.
  2. CHECK OUT SI’S NEW WEB SITE
  3. DATARAM DOUBLES THE MAXIMUM MEMORY OF SUN ENTERPRISE SERVERS
  4. LYNX AND EMPRESS CHOSEN FOR FRENCH UTILITY UPGRADE
  5. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. EXPANDS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKET
  6. PORTABLE UNIX LEADER TADPOLE-RDI APPOINTS CONTINENTAL RESOURCES AS KEY RESELLER FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL MARKETS
  7. COMMAND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, SISTER COMPANY TO GEAR SOFTWARE, UPDATES ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE VERSION 4.57 EXPANDS PROTECTION; IMPROVES EFFICIENCY
  8. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. NOW OFFERS RED HAT LINUX ON RAVE AXI SYSTEMS FAMILY RED HAT LINUX OR SOLARIS CAN BE OFFERED AS CHOICE OF PRE-LOADED OPERATING SYSTEM

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN AUGUST

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.

Hitachi America, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi has been a presence in the U.S. since 1959. There are currently 75 Hitachi companies in North America. marketing and manufacturing a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S.

For more information about Hitachi America Ltd. please visit their web site: http://www.hitachi.com.

I. B. – CHECK OUT SI’S NEW WEB SITE

August 26, 1999 — Santa Clara, CA — Thanks to SI’s innovative webmaster, Sara Achenbach, we are pleased to announce our reconstructed web site. Ease of load time is only one of the changes you will notice when you surf our site.

Everything from what SPARC Members are doing about Y2K, Trademarking information and products that have been Certified SPARC Compliant can be easily accessed in our new site.

Take a moment to check it and let us know what you think! http://sparc.org

I. C. – DATARAM DOUBLES THE MAXIMUM MEMORY OF SUN ENTERPRISE SERVERS

Princeton, NJ — July 21, 1999 — Dataram Corporation [AMEX: DTM] a leading provider of gigabyte-class memory for high-performance workstations and network servers, today announced immediate availability of a 2GB memory option for Sun Microsystems’ 3000-6500 Enterprise-class servers. This groundbreaking technology doubles the maximum memory size of Sun’s flagship server line with capacities now available up to 60GB in the Enterprise 6500. The DRS702/2GB memory option is manufactured exclusively by Dataram. By contrast, Sun’s largest Enterprise memory option, the X7023A, is 1GB capacity.

“Adding memory is the easiest way to boost the performance of any system. Database applications such as Oracle, executing large-scale transaction processing and complex decision support queries will see significant performance gains,” states Alan Sibert, Dataram director of marketing. “Preloading HTML pages into memory dramatically improves response time across the Internet. Dataram’s 2GB option is the optimal solution for improving system performance in Enterprise-class computing environments.”

Until now the only option for adding memory was to purchase additional Sun processor boards and additional 1GB kits. Each 2GB Sun option could cost the user as much as $27,000 and consume precious system slots. Dataram’s list price of $9,775 for the 2GB kit represents savings of over 60% off Sun’s list prices for Sun’s alternative upgrade of a processor board and two 1GB memory kits and enables double the amount of memory to be installed.

“We put this memory through a series of stress tests in a heavy transaction processing environment. We were very pleased with the performance improvement. It has completely altered our server strategy from adding systems to adding memory. The cost savings is quite significant,” claims a vice president of a large New York-based financial services firm.

“We expect a tremendous reception from Sun Enterprise-class users,” states Michael Brown, Managing Director of Computer Global. “Oracle shops are memory-intensive and this memory option opens the window for dramatic improvements in database performance within a given class of machine. Customers who might have considered the Enterprise 10000 before can now purchase the less expensive Enterprise 6500, load it with 60GB of Dataram’s DRS702/2GB kits and, in certain applications, obtain close to the same performance levels.”

Dataram, a Sun licensee, is the only independent memory manufacturer to introduce memory options for every Sun server ever built. Dating back to the 1980s, Dataram has introduced memory for Sun 4/260, 4/280, 4/330, 4/370, 4/390, 4/470, 4/490, 4/670, 4/690, SPARCserver 1000E, 2000E and Ultra Enterprise 3000 through 10000 servers.

In addition to Sun Microsystems, Dataram Corporation is a leading provider of large capacity memory products for workstations and network servers from Compaq, Dell, Digital, HP, IBM, Intel and Silicon Graphics. The company serves users in diverse industries such as manufacturing, financial services, internet service providers (ISPs), government, telecommunications, utilities, research and education. Dataram is registered with the International Standards Organization, having met the internationally recognized ISO 9001 quality assurance standard for design/development, production, installation and service. Dataram memory is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing memory directly from the system manufacturer. Products are shipped within hours of order placement and are backed by a lifetime warranty and express ship replacements program.

Dataram is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey and is celebrating its 33rd year in the computer industry. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.dataram.com.

I. D. – LYNX AND EMPRESS CHOSEN FOR FRENCH UTILITY UPGRADE

Greenbelt, MD – Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. and Empress Software, Inc. today announced they have been selected for a joint project by Electricit de France (EDF) to upgrade existing supervision and control system for hydro-electrical power production in the French power grid. The project, incorporating both the LynxOS real-time operating system and the Empress RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), will provide a secure, flexible and precise management system for the utility.

The two companies beat out competing solutions from Oracle, Sybase, Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) and QNX for the contract on the basis of performance, cost, reliability and ease of installation.

EDF produces more than 450 billion kilowatt hours for 13 million customers in France and abroad making it one of the worlds leading power utility companies. Hydroelectric plants provide 13 percent of its production. Its existing management system runs on SCO/UNIX based PCs with flat memory files that could not provide the flexibility and real-time performance their new specifications required. The new system is a black-box solution for simple and cost-effective installation on a PC-based network that requires no administration. LynxOS provides for precise operations and management in real time while Empress RDBMS offers secure though flexible data management.

The new system allowed EDF to reduce installation time from 6 hours to 15 minutes with no loss of data and little necessity of shutdown. The network upgrade will be complete before the end of the year.

“We were impressed with the results from the combination of LynxOS and Empress RDBMS,” said Georges Picq, Rsponsable de LEquipe MCO Hydraulique of EDF. The two companies delivered a product with a small footprint with a remarkably robust performance and reliability suited to the needs of our application and resulted in significant improvements over our preceding system. We intend to consider Lynx and Empress for the next phase of the upgrade to be implemented in the next 2-3 years.

About Lynx Real-Time Systems
Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. provides the foundation software for reliable and high-performance applications in telecommunications, data communications, avionics, automotive, office automation and process control systems. Lynx supplies embedded software products including scalable real-time operating systems, a software framework for high-availability systems, development tools and technical support worldwide. These products are based on such industry standards as POSIX, JAVA and CompactPCI to enable customers to leverage their investments in software and education. Lynx holds two patents for real-time software and has three patents pending. Founded in 1988, Lynx is a privately held company with offices in North America, Europe and Japan, with worldwide headquarters in San Jose, California. Information about Lynx Real-Time Systems is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.lynx.com. About Empress Empress Software, Inc.
Empress Empress Software, Inc.develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS is one of the most powerful and cost effective databases designed especially for embedded systems developers working with UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Since 1979, Empress has been used successfully worldwide in many fields, including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, multimedia applications, geographical information systems and network management. For more information about Empress, please call (301) 220-1919. Check out our website at http://www.empress.comor write to info@empress.com.

I. E. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. EXPANDS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKET

Sterling Heights, MI — August 9,1999 — Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator announced today that it will be expanding sales and services into Europe, Asia and Africa in response to growing customer demands.

Rave Computer Association, Inc. provides custom-configured integrated computer systems around Suns board platforms bundled with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Rave Systems provide the solution for those looking for UNIX systems that allow for performance, scalability, and reliability. Rave Computers UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. Its partnership with Sun Microsystems allows Rave Computer Association, Inc. the resources to provide the latest in SPARC-related technology and complete technical support.

“Our participation in the global market will now offer customers more choices that were not available before. We look forward to extending our services in providing integrated solutions to the global market,” said Bev LeBoeuf, director of marketing.

The regional office for international sales is strategically based in New York and can be reached via phone at 1-516-929-3700, fax 1-516-929-6600 or e-mail: craig@rave.com. Rave Computers overseas representative comes with more than 9 years of experience with international sales within the UNIX industry.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Now recognized as a Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator, Rave Computer had since its inception in 1988, established itself as leading distributor of new, and remanufactured Sun workstations and servers. Today Rave Computer manufactures its own family of cost-effective, custom configured SPARC-based systems. Each Rave System is configured with quality components, and is supported by certified engineers, and with many other value-added benefits. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its Rave Systems can be found on their web site at http://www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

I. F. – PORTABLE UNIX LEADER TADPOLE-RDI APPOINTS CONTINENTAL RESOURCES AS KEY RESELLER FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL MARKETS

Carlsbad, CA — August 23, 1999 — Portable UNIX vendor Tadpole-RDI, Inc., of California today announced the appointment of Continental Resources, Inc. as Key Reseller for its unique ranges of portable HP-UX and Solaris-based workstations and servers. Continental Resources was recently rated 10th in Network Magazine’s annual ranking of the top 100 Value Added Resellers (VARs) in North America.

As a Tadpole-RDI Key Reseller, Continental Resources will hold an inventory of popular configurations of Tadpole-RDI’s three portable UNIX lines UltraBook, VoyagerIIi and PrecisionBook for resale to industrial and commercial customers, as well as other resellers addressing these markets. The Tadpole-RDI range will also be promoted by Continental Resources at key industry events and trade shows, including the 3rd Telecom Business Conference & Expo (New York City, August 23-25, 1999) where “Portable UNIX Brings Value To Your Business” will be the major theme at its booth #387.

Since 1962, Continental Resources has been helping businesses grow and operate more efficiently by selling, renting, leasing, servicing and supporting top-of-the-line networking products, PCs, peripherals, electronic test instruments and software. The company also manufactures XPRO Systems, its own line of commercial and industrial PCs and servers. Continental Resources’ corporate headquarters is located in Bedford, MA and the company operates 10 resource centers strategically situated throughout the United States.

“Clearly, we’re delighted to be a business partner of such prestigious technological innovators as Tadpole-RDI,” says Kevin McCann, Continental Resources’ Executive Vice President. He adds: “In this increasingly mobile world, a portable UNIX strategy is no longer an option for professional markets, but a business-driver.”

Bill O’Neill, Product Manager states “As the largest Sun Reseller in New England, and one of the largest on the East Coast, we are well aware of the value of Unix portability. Tadpole-RDI products, which are all Sun based, complement Sun’s product line by providing a professional, portable solution for computing needs.”

About Tadpole-RDI
Tadpole-RDI, a subsidiary of mobile computing vendor Tadpole Technology Plc, is the global leader in portable UNIX workstations and server systems for Sun and Hewlett-Packard operating systems. Its headquarters are based in Carlsbad, California and European operations in Cambridge, England. Tadpole-RDI is certified ISO-9001 and operates through a global network of specialist distribution channels providing applications in industry, commerce and government. Website http://www.tadpolerdi.com

I. G. – COMMAND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, SISTER COMPANY TO GEAR SOFTWARE, UPDATES ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE VERSION 4.57 EXPANDS PROTECTION; IMPROVES EFFICIENCY

JUPITER, FL — August 18, 1999 — Command Software Systems today released a new version of virus-scanning software that includes protection for documents created in Microsoft PowerPoint, the latest product under virus attack.

The move is significant because viruses targeting Word, Excel and PowerPoint files have accounted for most virus outbreaks since 1997, says the International Computer Security Association.

In addition to its PowerPoint protection, Command AntiVirus Version 4.57 lets users of a variety of platforms scan for viruses more quickly and efficiently.

Like Command Software’s other products, Version 4.57 not only scans for known viruses but also analyzes software for unusual behavior. While other virus-scanning products boast that dual approach, Command’s software was the only one that protected customers last spring during the outbreak of the Melissa virus. Melissa, spread via e-mail, forced companies like Boeing, AT&T and Microsoft to shut down their e-mail systems.

As with all of Command Software’s products, Version 4.57 examines files and compares them against a database of known viruses – a technology that has been tested by independent agencies and proven to be 100 percent effective.

It also uses HoloCheck™, Command’s proprietary heuristic scanner, to sniff out unknown viruses. HoloCheck is the component that enabled Command’s software to detect and stop the spread of the Melissa virus in March – something no other company’s so-called “smart” software was able to do.

Command AntiVirus Version 4.57 is available for a wide variety of platforms including Microsoft DOS; Windows 3.x, 95/98/NT; OS/2 Warp; Novell NetWare, Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes. A free demo can be downloaded from the company’s Web site http://www.commandcom.com.

Command Software Systems is based in Jupiter, Fla., and operates offices in Campbell, Calif.; London, England; Eindhoven, Holland; and Melbourne, Australia. The company has distribution agreements with resellers in more than a dozen countries.

For more information about the company, its products and services, visit Command’s Web site or call (800) 423-9147 or (561) 575-3200.

I. H. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. NOW OFFERS RED HAT LINUX ON RAVE AXI SYSTEMS FAMILY RED HAT LINUX OR SOLARIS CAN BE OFFERED AS CHOICE OF PRE-LOADED OPERATING SYSTEM

Sterling Heights, Michigan – August 23, 1999) Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator announced today that they will begin to pre-load Red Hat Linux 6.0 on their Rave Axi Systems per customers request.

The Rave Systems AXi family which consists of RackMount-5UAXi, Rackmount-2UAXi and Tower-AXi, utilizes Suns Ultra(tm)AXi motherboard with robust standard features such as upgradable UltraSPARC-IIi processor modules with processing speeds now up to 440MHz, integrated dual-channel Ultra wide SCSI, and 33MHz 32-bit PCI slots.

The Rave Systems Rackmount-5UAXi (RM-5UAXi) has Suns UltraAXi motherboard integrated into an attractive 19″ rackmount 5U enclosure that offers many flexible configurations. The chassis can be configured with shock-mounted drive canisters, hot-swap fans, hot-swap capable disk drives, and hot-swap power supplies. The RM- 5UAXi comes standard with five fans, three 82 CFM fans and two power supply fans, six PCI slots at 33MHz, and 300 Watt power supply.

The Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi (RM-2UAXi) is Rave Computers newest addition to the Rave Systems AXi family. The RM-2UAXi comes standard in a sleek 19″ 2U form factor chassis with Suns UltraAXi motherboard, 300 Watt auto-ranging power supply, and six cooling fans. The RackMount-2UAXi holds up to 1GB of memory and has two 32-bit PCI slots. The 48 volt power supply is also now available as an option.

Rave Systems Tower-AXi features Sun’s UltraAXi motherboard integrated into a mid-tower chassis that is configured with three 5.25, two 3.5 exposed bays, and 300 Watt power supply. Both the RackMount-5UAXi and Tower-AXi hold up to 1GB of memory and support Creator graphics modules.

The Rave AXi systems provide powerful solutions for the network-intensive industries such as ISP, Telecommunications and Digital Imaging.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Rave Computer Association, Inc. provides custom-configured integrated computer systems around Suns board platforms bundled with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Rave Systems provide the ideal solution for those looking for UNIX systems that allow for robust performance, scalability, and reliability. Rave Computers UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its Rave Systems can be found on their web site at or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

About Red Hat, Inc.
Founded in 1994, Red Hat is a leader in the development of Linux-based operating system (OS) software and services. Based in Durham, N.C., Red Hat builds the most accessible and advanced server OS available anywhere with technical innovations such as RPM and the disk druid installation tool. Red Hat Linux is available for Intel, Compaq Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms.

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN AUGUST

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD). This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products. To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.

VENDOR COMPUTER OS SCD DATE
Rebel.com Horizon U80-1300
Horizon U80-1300-Creator
Horizon U80-1300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1300-PGX32
Horizon U80-2300
Horizon U80-2300-Creator
Horizon U80-2300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2300-PGX32
Solaris 2.51 HW11/97 SCD 2.1 09-02-99
Rebel.com Horizon U80-4300
Horizon U80-4300-PGX32
Horizon U80-4300-Creator
Horizon U80-4300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1360
Horizon U80-1360-PGX32
Horizon U80-1360-Creator
Horizon U80-1360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2360
Horizon U80-2360-PGX32
Horizon U80-2360-Creator
Horizon U80-2360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-4360
Horizon U80-4360-PGX32
Horizon U80-4360-Creator
Horizon U80-4360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1400
Horizon U80-1400-PGX32
Horizon U80-1400-Creator
Horizon U80-1400-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2400
Horizon U80-2400-PGX32
Horizon U80-2400-Creator
Horizon U80-2400-Creator3D
Horizon U80-4400
Horizon U80-4400-PGX32
Horizon U80-4400-Creator
Horizon U80-4400-Creator3D
Solaris 2.51 HW11/97 SCD 2.1 09-08-99

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The July 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

July 31, 1999

Issue No. 70

I. SPARC News……………!

  1. SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.
  2. CHECK OUT SI’S NEW WEB SITE
  3. DATARAM DOUBLES THE MAXIMUM MEMORY OF SUN ENTERPRISE SERVERS
  4. LYNX AND EMPRESS CHOSEN FOR FRENCH UTILITY UPGRADE
  5. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. EXPANDS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKET
  6. PORTABLE UNIX LEADER TADPOLE-RDI APPOINTS CONTINENTAL RESOURCES AS KEY RESELLER FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL MARKETS
  7. COMMAND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, SISTER COMPANY TO GEAR SOFTWARE, UPDATES ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE VERSION 4.57 EXPANDS PROTECTION; IMPROVES EFFICIENCY
  8. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. NOW OFFERS RED HAT LINUX ON RAVE AXI SYSTEMS FAMILY RED HAT LINUX OR SOLARIS CAN BE OFFERED AS CHOICE OF PRE-LOADED OPERATING SYSTEM

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN AUGUST

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.

Hitachi America, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi has been a presence in the U.S. since 1959. There are currently 75 Hitachi companies in North America. marketing and manufacturing a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S.

For more information about Hitachi America Ltd. please visit their web site: http://www.hitachi.com.

I. B. – CHECK OUT SI’S NEW WEB SITE

August 26, 1999 — Santa Clara, CA — Thanks to SI’s innovative webmaster, Sara Achenbach, we are pleased to announce our reconstructed web site. Ease of load time is only one of the changes you will notice when you surf our site.

Everything from what SPARC Members are doing about Y2K, Trademarking information and products that have been Certified SPARC Compliant can be easily accessed in our new site.

Take a moment to check it and let us know what you think! http://sparc.org

I. C. – DATARAM DOUBLES THE MAXIMUM MEMORY OF SUN ENTERPRISE SERVERS

Princeton, NJ — July 21, 1999 — Dataram Corporation [AMEX: DTM] a leading provider of gigabyte-class memory for high-performance workstations and network servers, today announced immediate availability of a 2GB memory option for Sun Microsystems’ 3000-6500 Enterprise-class servers. This groundbreaking technology doubles the maximum memory size of Sun’s flagship server line with capacities now available up to 60GB in the Enterprise 6500. The DRS702/2GB memory option is manufactured exclusively by Dataram. By contrast, Sun’s largest Enterprise memory option, the X7023A, is 1GB capacity.

“Adding memory is the easiest way to boost the performance of any system. Database applications such as Oracle, executing large-scale transaction processing and complex decision support queries will see significant performance gains,” states Alan Sibert, Dataram director of marketing. “Preloading HTML pages into memory dramatically improves response time across the Internet. Dataram’s 2GB option is the optimal solution for improving system performance in Enterprise-class computing environments.”

Until now the only option for adding memory was to purchase additional Sun processor boards and additional 1GB kits. Each 2GB Sun option could cost the user as much as $27,000 and consume precious system slots. Dataram’s list price of $9,775 for the 2GB kit represents savings of over 60% off Sun’s list prices for Sun’s alternative upgrade of a processor board and two 1GB memory kits and enables double the amount of memory to be installed.

“We put this memory through a series of stress tests in a heavy transaction processing environment. We were very pleased with the performance improvement. It has completely altered our server strategy from adding systems to adding memory. The cost savings is quite significant,” claims a vice president of a large New York-based financial services firm.

“We expect a tremendous reception from Sun Enterprise-class users,” states Michael Brown, Managing Director of Computer Global. “Oracle shops are memory-intensive and this memory option opens the window for dramatic improvements in database performance within a given class of machine. Customers who might have considered the Enterprise 10000 before can now purchase the less expensive Enterprise 6500, load it with 60GB of Dataram’s DRS702/2GB kits and, in certain applications, obtain close to the same performance levels.”

Dataram, a Sun licensee, is the only independent memory manufacturer to introduce memory options for every Sun server ever built. Dating back to the 1980s, Dataram has introduced memory for Sun 4/260, 4/280, 4/330, 4/370, 4/390, 4/470, 4/490, 4/670, 4/690, SPARCserver 1000E, 2000E and Ultra Enterprise 3000 through 10000 servers.

In addition to Sun Microsystems, Dataram Corporation is a leading provider of large capacity memory products for workstations and network servers from Compaq, Dell, Digital, HP, IBM, Intel and Silicon Graphics. The company serves users in diverse industries such as manufacturing, financial services, internet service providers (ISPs), government, telecommunications, utilities, research and education. Dataram is registered with the International Standards Organization, having met the internationally recognized ISO 9001 quality assurance standard for design/development, production, installation and service. Dataram memory is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing memory directly from the system manufacturer. Products are shipped within hours of order placement and are backed by a lifetime warranty and express ship replacements program.

Dataram is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey and is celebrating its 33rd year in the computer industry. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.dataram.com.

I. D. – LYNX AND EMPRESS CHOSEN FOR FRENCH UTILITY UPGRADE

Greenbelt, MD – Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. and Empress Software, Inc. today announced they have been selected for a joint project by Electricit de France (EDF) to upgrade existing supervision and control system for hydro-electrical power production in the French power grid. The project, incorporating both the LynxOS real-time operating system and the Empress RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), will provide a secure, flexible and precise management system for the utility.

The two companies beat out competing solutions from Oracle, Sybase, Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) and QNX for the contract on the basis of performance, cost, reliability and ease of installation.

EDF produces more than 450 billion kilowatt hours for 13 million customers in France and abroad making it one of the worlds leading power utility companies. Hydroelectric plants provide 13 percent of its production. Its existing management system runs on SCO/UNIX based PCs with flat memory files that could not provide the flexibility and real-time performance their new specifications required. The new system is a black-box solution for simple and cost-effective installation on a PC-based network that requires no administration. LynxOS provides for precise operations and management in real time while Empress RDBMS offers secure though flexible data management.

The new system allowed EDF to reduce installation time from 6 hours to 15 minutes with no loss of data and little necessity of shutdown. The network upgrade will be complete before the end of the year.

“We were impressed with the results from the combination of LynxOS and Empress RDBMS,” said Georges Picq, Rsponsable de LEquipe MCO Hydraulique of EDF. The two companies delivered a product with a small footprint with a remarkably robust performance and reliability suited to the needs of our application and resulted in significant improvements over our preceding system. We intend to consider Lynx and Empress for the next phase of the upgrade to be implemented in the next 2-3 years.

About Lynx Real-Time Systems
Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. provides the foundation software for reliable and high-performance applications in telecommunications, data communications, avionics, automotive, office automation and process control systems. Lynx supplies embedded software products including scalable real-time operating systems, a software framework for high-availability systems, development tools and technical support worldwide. These products are based on such industry standards as POSIX, JAVA and CompactPCI to enable customers to leverage their investments in software and education. Lynx holds two patents for real-time software and has three patents pending. Founded in 1988, Lynx is a privately held company with offices in North America, Europe and Japan, with worldwide headquarters in San Jose, California. Information about Lynx Real-Time Systems is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.lynx.com. About Empress Empress Software, Inc.
Empress Empress Software, Inc.develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS is one of the most powerful and cost effective databases designed especially for embedded systems developers working with UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Since 1979, Empress has been used successfully worldwide in many fields, including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, multimedia applications, geographical information systems and network management. For more information about Empress, please call (301) 220-1919. Check out our website at http://www.empress.comor write to info@empress.com.

I. E. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. EXPANDS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKET

Sterling Heights, MI — August 9,1999 — Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator announced today that it will be expanding sales and services into Europe, Asia and Africa in response to growing customer demands.

Rave Computer Association, Inc. provides custom-configured integrated computer systems around Suns board platforms bundled with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Rave Systems provide the solution for those looking for UNIX systems that allow for performance, scalability, and reliability. Rave Computers UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. Its partnership with Sun Microsystems allows Rave Computer Association, Inc. the resources to provide the latest in SPARC-related technology and complete technical support.

“Our participation in the global market will now offer customers more choices that were not available before. We look forward to extending our services in providing integrated solutions to the global market,” said Bev LeBoeuf, director of marketing.

The regional office for international sales is strategically based in New York and can be reached via phone at 1-516-929-3700, fax 1-516-929-6600 or e-mail: craig@rave.com. Rave Computers overseas representative comes with more than 9 years of experience with international sales within the UNIX industry.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Now recognized as a Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator, Rave Computer had since its inception in 1988, established itself as leading distributor of new, and remanufactured Sun workstations and servers. Today Rave Computer manufactures its own family of cost-effective, custom configured SPARC-based systems. Each Rave System is configured with quality components, and is supported by certified engineers, and with many other value-added benefits. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its Rave Systems can be found on their web site at http://www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

I. F. – PORTABLE UNIX LEADER TADPOLE-RDI APPOINTS CONTINENTAL RESOURCES AS KEY RESELLER FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL MARKETS

Carlsbad, CA — August 23, 1999 — Portable UNIX vendor Tadpole-RDI, Inc., of California today announced the appointment of Continental Resources, Inc. as Key Reseller for its unique ranges of portable HP-UX and Solaris-based workstations and servers. Continental Resources was recently rated 10th in Network Magazine’s annual ranking of the top 100 Value Added Resellers (VARs) in North America.

As a Tadpole-RDI Key Reseller, Continental Resources will hold an inventory of popular configurations of Tadpole-RDI’s three portable UNIX lines UltraBook, VoyagerIIi and PrecisionBook for resale to industrial and commercial customers, as well as other resellers addressing these markets. The Tadpole-RDI range will also be promoted by Continental Resources at key industry events and trade shows, including the 3rd Telecom Business Conference & Expo (New York City, August 23-25, 1999) where “Portable UNIX Brings Value To Your Business” will be the major theme at its booth #387.

Since 1962, Continental Resources has been helping businesses grow and operate more efficiently by selling, renting, leasing, servicing and supporting top-of-the-line networking products, PCs, peripherals, electronic test instruments and software. The company also manufactures XPRO Systems, its own line of commercial and industrial PCs and servers. Continental Resources’ corporate headquarters is located in Bedford, MA and the company operates 10 resource centers strategically situated throughout the United States.

“Clearly, we’re delighted to be a business partner of such prestigious technological innovators as Tadpole-RDI,” says Kevin McCann, Continental Resources’ Executive Vice President. He adds: “In this increasingly mobile world, a portable UNIX strategy is no longer an option for professional markets, but a business-driver.”

Bill O’Neill, Product Manager states “As the largest Sun Reseller in New England, and one of the largest on the East Coast, we are well aware of the value of Unix portability. Tadpole-RDI products, which are all Sun based, complement Sun’s product line by providing a professional, portable solution for computing needs.”

About Tadpole-RDI
Tadpole-RDI, a subsidiary of mobile computing vendor Tadpole Technology Plc, is the global leader in portable UNIX workstations and server systems for Sun and Hewlett-Packard operating systems. Its headquarters are based in Carlsbad, California and European operations in Cambridge, England. Tadpole-RDI is certified ISO-9001 and operates through a global network of specialist distribution channels providing applications in industry, commerce and government. Website http://www.tadpolerdi.com

I. G. – COMMAND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, SISTER COMPANY TO GEAR SOFTWARE, UPDATES ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE VERSION 4.57 EXPANDS PROTECTION; IMPROVES EFFICIENCY

JUPITER, FL — August 18, 1999 — Command Software Systems today released a new version of virus-scanning software that includes protection for documents created in Microsoft PowerPoint, the latest product under virus attack.

The move is significant because viruses targeting Word, Excel and PowerPoint files have accounted for most virus outbreaks since 1997, says the International Computer Security Association.

In addition to its PowerPoint protection, Command AntiVirus Version 4.57 lets users of a variety of platforms scan for viruses more quickly and efficiently.

Like Command Software’s other products, Version 4.57 not only scans for known viruses but also analyzes software for unusual behavior. While other virus-scanning products boast that dual approach, Command’s software was the only one that protected customers last spring during the outbreak of the Melissa virus. Melissa, spread via e-mail, forced companies like Boeing, AT&T and Microsoft to shut down their e-mail systems.

As with all of Command Software’s products, Version 4.57 examines files and compares them against a database of known viruses – a technology that has been tested by independent agencies and proven to be 100 percent effective.

It also uses HoloCheck™, Command’s proprietary heuristic scanner, to sniff out unknown viruses. HoloCheck is the component that enabled Command’s software to detect and stop the spread of the Melissa virus in March – something no other company’s so-called “smart” software was able to do.

Command AntiVirus Version 4.57 is available for a wide variety of platforms including Microsoft DOS; Windows 3.x, 95/98/NT; OS/2 Warp; Novell NetWare, Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes. A free demo can be downloaded from the company’s Web site http://www.commandcom.com.

Command Software Systems is based in Jupiter, Fla., and operates offices in Campbell, Calif.; London, England; Eindhoven, Holland; and Melbourne, Australia. The company has distribution agreements with resellers in more than a dozen countries.

For more information about the company, its products and services, visit Command’s Web site or call (800) 423-9147 or (561) 575-3200.

I. H. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. NOW OFFERS RED HAT LINUX ON RAVE AXI SYSTEMS FAMILY RED HAT LINUX OR SOLARIS CAN BE OFFERED AS CHOICE OF PRE-LOADED OPERATING SYSTEM

Sterling Heights, Michigan – August 23, 1999) Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator announced today that they will begin to pre-load Red Hat Linux 6.0 on their Rave Axi Systems per customers request.

The Rave Systems AXi family which consists of RackMount-5UAXi, Rackmount-2UAXi and Tower-AXi, utilizes Suns Ultra(tm)AXi motherboard with robust standard features such as upgradable UltraSPARC-IIi processor modules with processing speeds now up to 440MHz, integrated dual-channel Ultra wide SCSI, and 33MHz 32-bit PCI slots.

The Rave Systems Rackmount-5UAXi (RM-5UAXi) has Suns UltraAXi motherboard integrated into an attractive 19″ rackmount 5U enclosure that offers many flexible configurations. The chassis can be configured with shock-mounted drive canisters, hot-swap fans, hot-swap capable disk drives, and hot-swap power supplies. The RM- 5UAXi comes standard with five fans, three 82 CFM fans and two power supply fans, six PCI slots at 33MHz, and 300 Watt power supply.

The Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi (RM-2UAXi) is Rave Computers newest addition to the Rave Systems AXi family. The RM-2UAXi comes standard in a sleek 19″ 2U form factor chassis with Suns UltraAXi motherboard, 300 Watt auto-ranging power supply, and six cooling fans. The RackMount-2UAXi holds up to 1GB of memory and has two 32-bit PCI slots. The 48 volt power supply is also now available as an option.

Rave Systems Tower-AXi features Sun’s UltraAXi motherboard integrated into a mid-tower chassis that is configured with three 5.25, two 3.5 exposed bays, and 300 Watt power supply. Both the RackMount-5UAXi and Tower-AXi hold up to 1GB of memory and support Creator graphics modules.

The Rave AXi systems provide powerful solutions for the network-intensive industries such as ISP, Telecommunications and Digital Imaging.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Rave Computer Association, Inc. provides custom-configured integrated computer systems around Suns board platforms bundled with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Rave Systems provide the ideal solution for those looking for UNIX systems that allow for robust performance, scalability, and reliability. Rave Computers UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its Rave Systems can be found on their web site at or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

About Red Hat, Inc.
Founded in 1994, Red Hat is a leader in the development of Linux-based operating system (OS) software and services. Based in Durham, N.C., Red Hat builds the most accessible and advanced server OS available anywhere with technical innovations such as RPM and the disk druid installation tool. Red Hat Linux is available for Intel, Compaq Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms.

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN AUGUST

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD). This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products. To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.

VENDOR COMPUTER OS SCD DATE
Rebel.com Horizon U80-1300
Horizon U80-1300-Creator
Horizon U80-1300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1300-PGX32
Horizon U80-2300
Horizon U80-2300-Creator
Horizon U80-2300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2300-PGX32
Solaris 2.51 HW11/97 SCD 2.1 09-02-99
Rebel.com Horizon U80-4300
Horizon U80-4300-PGX32
Horizon U80-4300-Creator
Horizon U80-4300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1360
Horizon U80-1360-PGX32
Horizon U80-1360-Creator
Horizon U80-1360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2360
Horizon U80-2360-PGX32
Horizon U80-2360-Creator
Horizon U80-2360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-4360
Horizon U80-4360-PGX32
Horizon U80-4360-Creator
Horizon U80-4360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1400
Horizon U80-1400-PGX32
Horizon U80-1400-Creator
Horizon U80-1400-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2400
Horizon U80-2400-PGX32
Horizon U80-2400-Creator
Horizon U80-2400-Creator3D
Horizon U80-4400
Horizon U80-4400-PGX32
Horizon U80-4400-Creator
Horizon U80-4400-Creator3D
Solaris 2.51 HW11/97 SCD 2.1 09-08-99

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The June 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

June 30, 1999

Issue No. 69

I. SPARC News……………!

  1. SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.
  2. CHECK OUT SI’S NEW WEB SITE
  3. DATARAM DOUBLES THE MAXIMUM MEMORY OF SUN ENTERPRISE SERVERS
  4. LYNX AND EMPRESS CHOSEN FOR FRENCH UTILITY UPGRADE
  5. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. EXPANDS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKET
  6. PORTABLE UNIX LEADER TADPOLE-RDI APPOINTS CONTINENTAL RESOURCES AS KEY RESELLER FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL MARKETS
  7. COMMAND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, SISTER COMPANY TO GEAR SOFTWARE, UPDATES ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE VERSION 4.57 EXPANDS PROTECTION; IMPROVES EFFICIENCY
  8. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. NOW OFFERS RED HAT LINUX ON RAVE AXI SYSTEMS FAMILY RED HAT LINUX OR SOLARIS CAN BE OFFERED AS CHOICE OF PRE-LOADED OPERATING SYSTEM

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN AUGUST

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER HITACHI AMERICA, LTD.

Hitachi America, Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi has been a presence in the U.S. since 1959. There are currently 75 Hitachi companies in North America. marketing and manufacturing a broad range of electronics, computer systems and products, semiconductors, and provides industrial equipment and services throughout the U.S.

For more information about Hitachi America Ltd. please visit their web site: http://www.hitachi.com.

I. B. – CHECK OUT SI’S NEW WEB SITE

August 26, 1999 — Santa Clara, CA — Thanks to SI’s innovative webmaster, Sara Achenbach, we are pleased to announce our reconstructed web site. Ease of load time is only one of the changes you will notice when you surf our site.

Everything from what SPARC Members are doing about Y2K, Trademarking information and products that have been Certified SPARC Compliant can be easily accessed in our new site.

Take a moment to check it and let us know what you think! http://sparc.org

I. C. – DATARAM DOUBLES THE MAXIMUM MEMORY OF SUN ENTERPRISE SERVERS

Princeton, NJ — July 21, 1999 — Dataram Corporation [AMEX: DTM] a leading provider of gigabyte-class memory for high-performance workstations and network servers, today announced immediate availability of a 2GB memory option for Sun Microsystems’ 3000-6500 Enterprise-class servers. This groundbreaking technology doubles the maximum memory size of Sun’s flagship server line with capacities now available up to 60GB in the Enterprise 6500. The DRS702/2GB memory option is manufactured exclusively by Dataram. By contrast, Sun’s largest Enterprise memory option, the X7023A, is 1GB capacity.

“Adding memory is the easiest way to boost the performance of any system. Database applications such as Oracle, executing large-scale transaction processing and complex decision support queries will see significant performance gains,” states Alan Sibert, Dataram director of marketing. “Preloading HTML pages into memory dramatically improves response time across the Internet. Dataram’s 2GB option is the optimal solution for improving system performance in Enterprise-class computing environments.”

Until now the only option for adding memory was to purchase additional Sun processor boards and additional 1GB kits. Each 2GB Sun option could cost the user as much as $27,000 and consume precious system slots. Dataram’s list price of $9,775 for the 2GB kit represents savings of over 60% off Sun’s list prices for Sun’s alternative upgrade of a processor board and two 1GB memory kits and enables double the amount of memory to be installed.

“We put this memory through a series of stress tests in a heavy transaction processing environment. We were very pleased with the performance improvement. It has completely altered our server strategy from adding systems to adding memory. The cost savings is quite significant,” claims a vice president of a large New York-based financial services firm.

“We expect a tremendous reception from Sun Enterprise-class users,” states Michael Brown, Managing Director of Computer Global. “Oracle shops are memory-intensive and this memory option opens the window for dramatic improvements in database performance within a given class of machine. Customers who might have considered the Enterprise 10000 before can now purchase the less expensive Enterprise 6500, load it with 60GB of Dataram’s DRS702/2GB kits and, in certain applications, obtain close to the same performance levels.”

Dataram, a Sun licensee, is the only independent memory manufacturer to introduce memory options for every Sun server ever built. Dating back to the 1980s, Dataram has introduced memory for Sun 4/260, 4/280, 4/330, 4/370, 4/390, 4/470, 4/490, 4/670, 4/690, SPARCserver 1000E, 2000E and Ultra Enterprise 3000 through 10000 servers.

In addition to Sun Microsystems, Dataram Corporation is a leading provider of large capacity memory products for workstations and network servers from Compaq, Dell, Digital, HP, IBM, Intel and Silicon Graphics. The company serves users in diverse industries such as manufacturing, financial services, internet service providers (ISPs), government, telecommunications, utilities, research and education. Dataram is registered with the International Standards Organization, having met the internationally recognized ISO 9001 quality assurance standard for design/development, production, installation and service. Dataram memory is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing memory directly from the system manufacturer. Products are shipped within hours of order placement and are backed by a lifetime warranty and express ship replacements program.

Dataram is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey and is celebrating its 33rd year in the computer industry. Additional information is available on the Internet at http://www.dataram.com.

I. D. – LYNX AND EMPRESS CHOSEN FOR FRENCH UTILITY UPGRADE

Greenbelt, MD – Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. and Empress Software, Inc. today announced they have been selected for a joint project by Electricit de France (EDF) to upgrade existing supervision and control system for hydro-electrical power production in the French power grid. The project, incorporating both the LynxOS real-time operating system and the Empress RDBMS (Relational Database Management System), will provide a secure, flexible and precise management system for the utility.

The two companies beat out competing solutions from Oracle, Sybase, Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) and QNX for the contract on the basis of performance, cost, reliability and ease of installation.

EDF produces more than 450 billion kilowatt hours for 13 million customers in France and abroad making it one of the worlds leading power utility companies. Hydroelectric plants provide 13 percent of its production. Its existing management system runs on SCO/UNIX based PCs with flat memory files that could not provide the flexibility and real-time performance their new specifications required. The new system is a black-box solution for simple and cost-effective installation on a PC-based network that requires no administration. LynxOS provides for precise operations and management in real time while Empress RDBMS offers secure though flexible data management.

The new system allowed EDF to reduce installation time from 6 hours to 15 minutes with no loss of data and little necessity of shutdown. The network upgrade will be complete before the end of the year.

“We were impressed with the results from the combination of LynxOS and Empress RDBMS,” said Georges Picq, Rsponsable de LEquipe MCO Hydraulique of EDF. The two companies delivered a product with a small footprint with a remarkably robust performance and reliability suited to the needs of our application and resulted in significant improvements over our preceding system. We intend to consider Lynx and Empress for the next phase of the upgrade to be implemented in the next 2-3 years.

About Lynx Real-Time Systems
Lynx Real-Time Systems, Inc. provides the foundation software for reliable and high-performance applications in telecommunications, data communications, avionics, automotive, office automation and process control systems. Lynx supplies embedded software products including scalable real-time operating systems, a software framework for high-availability systems, development tools and technical support worldwide. These products are based on such industry standards as POSIX, JAVA and CompactPCI to enable customers to leverage their investments in software and education. Lynx holds two patents for real-time software and has three patents pending. Founded in 1988, Lynx is a privately held company with offices in North America, Europe and Japan, with worldwide headquarters in San Jose, California. Information about Lynx Real-Time Systems is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.lynx.com. About Empress Empress Software, Inc.
Empress Empress Software, Inc.develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS is one of the most powerful and cost effective databases designed especially for embedded systems developers working with UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Since 1979, Empress has been used successfully worldwide in many fields, including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, multimedia applications, geographical information systems and network management. For more information about Empress, please call (301) 220-1919. Check out our website at http://www.empress.comor write to info@empress.com.

I. E. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. EXPANDS INTO THE GLOBAL MARKET

Sterling Heights, MI — August 9,1999 — Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator announced today that it will be expanding sales and services into Europe, Asia and Africa in response to growing customer demands.

Rave Computer Association, Inc. provides custom-configured integrated computer systems around Suns board platforms bundled with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Rave Systems provide the solution for those looking for UNIX systems that allow for performance, scalability, and reliability. Rave Computers UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. Its partnership with Sun Microsystems allows Rave Computer Association, Inc. the resources to provide the latest in SPARC-related technology and complete technical support.

“Our participation in the global market will now offer customers more choices that were not available before. We look forward to extending our services in providing integrated solutions to the global market,” said Bev LeBoeuf, director of marketing.

The regional office for international sales is strategically based in New York and can be reached via phone at 1-516-929-3700, fax 1-516-929-6600 or e-mail: craig@rave.com. Rave Computers overseas representative comes with more than 9 years of experience with international sales within the UNIX industry.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Now recognized as a Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator, Rave Computer had since its inception in 1988, established itself as leading distributor of new, and remanufactured Sun workstations and servers. Today Rave Computer manufactures its own family of cost-effective, custom configured SPARC-based systems. Each Rave System is configured with quality components, and is supported by certified engineers, and with many other value-added benefits. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its Rave Systems can be found on their web site at http://www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

I. F. – PORTABLE UNIX LEADER TADPOLE-RDI APPOINTS CONTINENTAL RESOURCES AS KEY RESELLER FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL MARKETS

Carlsbad, CA — August 23, 1999 — Portable UNIX vendor Tadpole-RDI, Inc., of California today announced the appointment of Continental Resources, Inc. as Key Reseller for its unique ranges of portable HP-UX and Solaris-based workstations and servers. Continental Resources was recently rated 10th in Network Magazine’s annual ranking of the top 100 Value Added Resellers (VARs) in North America.

As a Tadpole-RDI Key Reseller, Continental Resources will hold an inventory of popular configurations of Tadpole-RDI’s three portable UNIX lines UltraBook, VoyagerIIi and PrecisionBook for resale to industrial and commercial customers, as well as other resellers addressing these markets. The Tadpole-RDI range will also be promoted by Continental Resources at key industry events and trade shows, including the 3rd Telecom Business Conference & Expo (New York City, August 23-25, 1999) where “Portable UNIX Brings Value To Your Business” will be the major theme at its booth #387.

Since 1962, Continental Resources has been helping businesses grow and operate more efficiently by selling, renting, leasing, servicing and supporting top-of-the-line networking products, PCs, peripherals, electronic test instruments and software. The company also manufactures XPRO Systems, its own line of commercial and industrial PCs and servers. Continental Resources’ corporate headquarters is located in Bedford, MA and the company operates 10 resource centers strategically situated throughout the United States.

“Clearly, we’re delighted to be a business partner of such prestigious technological innovators as Tadpole-RDI,” says Kevin McCann, Continental Resources’ Executive Vice President. He adds: “In this increasingly mobile world, a portable UNIX strategy is no longer an option for professional markets, but a business-driver.”

Bill O’Neill, Product Manager states “As the largest Sun Reseller in New England, and one of the largest on the East Coast, we are well aware of the value of Unix portability. Tadpole-RDI products, which are all Sun based, complement Sun’s product line by providing a professional, portable solution for computing needs.”

About Tadpole-RDI
Tadpole-RDI, a subsidiary of mobile computing vendor Tadpole Technology Plc, is the global leader in portable UNIX workstations and server systems for Sun and Hewlett-Packard operating systems. Its headquarters are based in Carlsbad, California and European operations in Cambridge, England. Tadpole-RDI is certified ISO-9001 and operates through a global network of specialist distribution channels providing applications in industry, commerce and government. Website http://www.tadpolerdi.com

I. G. – COMMAND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS, SISTER COMPANY TO GEAR SOFTWARE, UPDATES ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE VERSION 4.57 EXPANDS PROTECTION; IMPROVES EFFICIENCY

JUPITER, FL — August 18, 1999 — Command Software Systems today released a new version of virus-scanning software that includes protection for documents created in Microsoft PowerPoint, the latest product under virus attack.

The move is significant because viruses targeting Word, Excel and PowerPoint files have accounted for most virus outbreaks since 1997, says the International Computer Security Association.

In addition to its PowerPoint protection, Command AntiVirus Version 4.57 lets users of a variety of platforms scan for viruses more quickly and efficiently.

Like Command Software’s other products, Version 4.57 not only scans for known viruses but also analyzes software for unusual behavior. While other virus-scanning products boast that dual approach, Command’s software was the only one that protected customers last spring during the outbreak of the Melissa virus. Melissa, spread via e-mail, forced companies like Boeing, AT&T and Microsoft to shut down their e-mail systems.

As with all of Command Software’s products, Version 4.57 examines files and compares them against a database of known viruses – a technology that has been tested by independent agencies and proven to be 100 percent effective.

It also uses HoloCheck™, Command’s proprietary heuristic scanner, to sniff out unknown viruses. HoloCheck is the component that enabled Command’s software to detect and stop the spread of the Melissa virus in March – something no other company’s so-called “smart” software was able to do.

Command AntiVirus Version 4.57 is available for a wide variety of platforms including Microsoft DOS; Windows 3.x, 95/98/NT; OS/2 Warp; Novell NetWare, Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes. A free demo can be downloaded from the company’s Web site http://www.commandcom.com.

Command Software Systems is based in Jupiter, Fla., and operates offices in Campbell, Calif.; London, England; Eindhoven, Holland; and Melbourne, Australia. The company has distribution agreements with resellers in more than a dozen countries.

For more information about the company, its products and services, visit Command’s Web site or call (800) 423-9147 or (561) 575-3200.

I. H. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. NOW OFFERS RED HAT LINUX ON RAVE AXI SYSTEMS FAMILY RED HAT LINUX OR SOLARIS CAN BE OFFERED AS CHOICE OF PRE-LOADED OPERATING SYSTEM

Sterling Heights, Michigan – August 23, 1999) Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading Sun Microsystems authorized Master value-added integrator announced today that they will begin to pre-load Red Hat Linux 6.0 on their Rave Axi Systems per customers request.

The Rave Systems AXi family which consists of RackMount-5UAXi, Rackmount-2UAXi and Tower-AXi, utilizes Suns Ultra(tm)AXi motherboard with robust standard features such as upgradable UltraSPARC-IIi processor modules with processing speeds now up to 440MHz, integrated dual-channel Ultra wide SCSI, and 33MHz 32-bit PCI slots.

The Rave Systems Rackmount-5UAXi (RM-5UAXi) has Suns UltraAXi motherboard integrated into an attractive 19″ rackmount 5U enclosure that offers many flexible configurations. The chassis can be configured with shock-mounted drive canisters, hot-swap fans, hot-swap capable disk drives, and hot-swap power supplies. The RM- 5UAXi comes standard with five fans, three 82 CFM fans and two power supply fans, six PCI slots at 33MHz, and 300 Watt power supply.

The Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi (RM-2UAXi) is Rave Computers newest addition to the Rave Systems AXi family. The RM-2UAXi comes standard in a sleek 19″ 2U form factor chassis with Suns UltraAXi motherboard, 300 Watt auto-ranging power supply, and six cooling fans. The RackMount-2UAXi holds up to 1GB of memory and has two 32-bit PCI slots. The 48 volt power supply is also now available as an option.

Rave Systems Tower-AXi features Sun’s UltraAXi motherboard integrated into a mid-tower chassis that is configured with three 5.25, two 3.5 exposed bays, and 300 Watt power supply. Both the RackMount-5UAXi and Tower-AXi hold up to 1GB of memory and support Creator graphics modules.

The Rave AXi systems provide powerful solutions for the network-intensive industries such as ISP, Telecommunications and Digital Imaging.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Rave Computer Association, Inc. provides custom-configured integrated computer systems around Suns board platforms bundled with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Rave Systems provide the ideal solution for those looking for UNIX systems that allow for robust performance, scalability, and reliability. Rave Computers UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its Rave Systems can be found on their web site at or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

About Red Hat, Inc.
Founded in 1994, Red Hat is a leader in the development of Linux-based operating system (OS) software and services. Based in Durham, N.C., Red Hat builds the most accessible and advanced server OS available anywhere with technical innovations such as RPM and the disk druid installation tool. Red Hat Linux is available for Intel, Compaq Alpha and Sun SPARC platforms.

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN AUGUST

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD). This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products. To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.

VENDOR COMPUTER OS SCD DATE
Rebel.com Horizon U80-1300
Horizon U80-1300-Creator
Horizon U80-1300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1300-PGX32
Horizon U80-2300
Horizon U80-2300-Creator
Horizon U80-2300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2300-PGX32
Solaris 2.51 HW11/97 SCD 2.1 09-02-99
Rebel.com Horizon U80-4300
Horizon U80-4300-PGX32
Horizon U80-4300-Creator
Horizon U80-4300-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1360
Horizon U80-1360-PGX32
Horizon U80-1360-Creator
Horizon U80-1360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2360
Horizon U80-2360-PGX32
Horizon U80-2360-Creator
Horizon U80-2360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-4360
Horizon U80-4360-PGX32
Horizon U80-4360-Creator
Horizon U80-4360-Creator3D
Horizon U80-1400
Horizon U80-1400-PGX32
Horizon U80-1400-Creator
Horizon U80-1400-Creator3D
Horizon U80-2400
Horizon U80-2400-PGX32
Horizon U80-2400-Creator
Horizon U80-2400-Creator3D
Horizon U80-4400
Horizon U80-4400-PGX32
Horizon U80-4400-Creator
Horizon U80-4400-Creator3D
Solaris 2.51 HW11/97 SCD 2.1 09-08-99

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The May 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

May 31, 1999

Issue No. 68

I. SPARC News……………!

II. SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN MAY

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Aurora, OH–May 7, 1999– SPARC International welcomes Network Technologies, Inc. (NTI). NTI manufactures keyboard/video/mouse (KVM) switches, splitters and cables; PS/2, VGA and Sun monitors switches featuring on-screen, display; along with other products for sharing multi-platform, multi-user interfaces; including PC, MAC and SUN.

I. B. – REBEL.COM CERTIFIES 65TH PRODUCT AS SPARC COMPLIANT®

Santa Clara, CA–May 21, 1999–Congratulations! to Rebel.com this month for successfully completing the SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD) 2.1 level using Solaris 7 O/S, which brings their total Compliance list to 65 SPARC® Certified Products.

Earlier this month Hardware Canada Computing, a leading supplier of Linux, UNIX and windows NT hardware and personal computer systems, unveiled its new name and corporate identity – Rebel.com. The company’s name change is accompanied by the unveiling of its new visual identity and website – www.rebel.com.

For the complete article dated May 3, 1999, please visit Rebel.com’s web site and click onto “News”.

I. C. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. INTRODUCES RAVE SYSTEMS RACKMOUNT-2UAXi

Sterling Heights, MI–May 12, 1999– Rave Computer Association Inc., a leading Sun Microsystems value-added system integrator, is proud to announce its newest addition to the family of Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi.

Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi has been introduced into Raves family of embedded SPARC® systems late in April 1999. The RM-2UAXi takes advantage of Sun’s Ultra AXi motherboard which has robust features such as upgradable UltraSPARC® -IIi processor modules with current processing speeds of up to 360Mhz, integrated dual-channel Ultra-wide SCSI, two 33MHz/32 bit PCI slots and integrated 10/100 Mb Ethernet.

The Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi comes standard with a 1.44MB floppy drive and has one exposed 5.25″ half height slot for CD-ROM, tape or removable disk drive. It can accommodate up to three internal low profile 7,200 or 10,000 RPM disk drives or two half height drives.

The Rave Systems RackMount-2UAXi is integrated into a customized, sleek 19 inch 2U steel enclosure with six fans, 300 Watt auto-ranging power supply and weighs 20.5 pounds. The compact size of the chassis reduces rack space requirements and allows users to deploy a series of powerful AXi servers at its sites.

Rave Computer Association. Inc. is an authorized Sun Microsystems value-added system integrator. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc. can be found on their web site at: www.rave.com or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

I. D. – EMPRESS RDBMS PROVIDES THE DATABASE SOLUTION TO LEVERAGE 64-BIT COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY

Greenbelt, MD–May 21, 1999– Empress Software Inc. announces the availability of its latest release V8.20 on several major 64-bit platforms. Empress RDBMS provides developers with the leverage to manage VLDB (Very Large Database) applications in a 64-bit computing environment. For such intense data applications, a 64-bit platform combined with a high-performance database like the Empress RDBMS provides a solid solution; application developers can provide rapid data retrieval, address large amounts of memory, handle substantially larger files and process complex computations faster.

The ability to address large amounts of memory improves the performance of database operations. Large portions of an Empress database can be directly cached into memory via Empresss shared memory feature. Application developers can also choose to configure the entire RDBMS as an in-memory databases management system. This ability to store such vast data in-memory translates into much faster data access times since memory access is much quicker than disk access.

Empress application developers have always had a strong presence in the diverse fields that gain a great deal from proceeding into the 64-bit environment arena, states John Kornatowski, President of Empress Software. The powerful Empress RDBMS within a robust 64-bit operating environment significantly surpasses the capabilities of 32-bit computing especially in applications dealing with simulation and scientific data analysis, multimedia web application development, geographical information services, data warehousing and high-resolution graphics management.

Furthermore, in a 64-bit environment, much larger files can be handled. For example, hundreds of DVD videos can be stored. This capability, combined with Empresss ability to efficiently store and retrieve a variety of complex data types, makes Empress ideal for any application that requires the fast handling of a various multimedia. In addition, the maximum number of records per Empress database table and the maximum size of each record significantly increases via a 64-bit platform.

Higher precision calculations within Empress database applications can also be performed via a 64-bit computing environment. With such accurateness in mathematical calculations, application developers can perform calculations that produce sharper and better defined images. Therefore, with Empress, not only can large images be stored with efficiency and speed, but they can be rendered with a higher degree of precision.

Currently, Empress RDBMS is available on several major 64-bit UNIX operating systems. They are Compaqs TRU64 UNIX, Hewlett Packards HP-UX, SGI IRIX, and Sun’s Solaris 7.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS V8.20 is one of the most powerful and cost-effective development databases especially designed for embedded systems developers operating on UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Empress has been utilized successfully in many fields including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, geographical information systems and network management.

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.

I. E. – COMMAND ANTIVIRUS AUTOMATICALLY DETECTS MELISSA VIRUS IN FILES BEARING .RTF EXTENSIONS

Jupiter, FL–May 27, 1999– Command Software Systems (sister company to GEAR SOFTWARE), makers of award-winning Command AntiVirus, denounces the claim by Symantec that the new Melissa virus now using an .RTF extension may not be detected by any anti-virus software programs, including Symantec’s. Instead, the tested and proven detection and disinfection power of Command AntiVirus automatically scans .RTF files by default, once again disabling Melissa’s ability to wreak havoc.

This new emergence of Melissa (W97M.Melissa.A), now actively spreading via e-mail transmission in Word documents with an .RTF extension, does not constitute a new variant of Melissa, rather it’s merely a Word document whose extension has been renamed from a .DOC extension to an .RTF extension. When Word opens the document, the macro virus will still be present.

According to Dyan Dyer, Chairman and CEO of Command, “It’s evident that our competitor’s users are again vulnerable to Melissa’s disruption. Melissa posed no threat to Command AntiVirus users, however. Command AntiVirus was the only anti-virus product to detect Melissa as an unknown virus when it first appeared- preventing users from accessing the file and becoming infected. Command AntiVirus prevents infection from Melissa’s latest incarnation as well, scanning .RTF files by default. It’s surprising to hear that some anti-virus products don’t scan for .RTF files by default, since WM/CAP.A is a common virus with the .RTF extension that has been it In the Wild for some time.”

“People using Microsoft Word and e-mail should act with caution when opening .RTF files and they should be sure to run an effective anti-virus program on their computers,” Dyer further noted. “We offer a free trial copy of Command AntiVirus via our Web site at www.commandcom.com and we encourage everyone not running our award-winning anti-virus software on their computers to experience the peace of mind that our users have come to expect. “

Command Software, makers of Command AntiVirus (formerly F-PROT Professional ®) has earned Checkmark Level Two certification from West Coast Labs. This means that Command AntiVirus has been independently tested and proven to detect 100% of viruses “in-the-wild” (Level One certification), plus employ the industry-leading capability of 100% disinfection of these same viruses (Level Two certification).

For more information about Command Software and its award-winning anti-virus solution, visit our Web site at www.commandcom.com.

II. – SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN MAY

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the “SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD).” This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products.



ADDITIONS (System Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD Certified
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-333 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-333-Creator 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-333-Creator3D 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-333-PGX32 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-300 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-300-Creator 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-300-Creator3D 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon UP1-300-PGX32 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon U2-1400 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon U2-1400-Creator 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon U2-1400-Creator3D 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon U2-2400 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon U2-2400-Creator 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Rebel.com/Horizon U2-2400-Creator-3D 7 2.1 21 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 5 Creator3D (360) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 5 Elite3D m3 (360) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 5 Elite3D m6 (360) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 10 Creator3D (440) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 10 Elite3D m3 (440) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 10 Elite3D m6 (440) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra Enterprise 3500 (400) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 2 Creator3D (400) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 2 Elite3D m3 (400) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 2 Elite3D m6 (400) II 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 2 Elite3D m6 (400) II (x2) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 5 Creator3D (360) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 5 Elite3D m3 (360) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 5 Elite3D m6 (360) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 10 Creator3D (440) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 10 Elite3D m3 (440) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 10 Elite3D m6 (440) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 60 1450 Creator3D (450) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 60 1450 Elite3D m3 (450) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 60 1450 Elite3D m6 (450) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 60 2450 Creator3D (450) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 60 2450 Elite3D m3 (450) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Ultra 60 2450 Elite3D m6 (450) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Sun Enterprise 250 (400) II 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99
Sun Microsystems Inc./Sun Enterprise 250 (400) II (x2) 7 3/99 2.1 26 MAY 99

The SPARC Verified brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that the peripherals they want to use will work on the SPARC Compliant systems they target. This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Verified products.

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The April 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

Arpil 30, 1999

Issue No. 67

I. SPARC News……………!

II. SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN APRIL

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – 110th TATUNG SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, INC. PRODUCT DECLARED SPARC COMPLIANT

Milpitas, CA–April 16, 1999– Congratulations to Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. (TSTI) in celebrating 10 years of commitment to the SPARC systems market. They just completed testing 48 additional new products at the SCD 2.1 level using O/S Solaris 7 bringing their to total to 110 SPARC Compliant Certified Products. TSTI’s initial testing was performed in August of 1991.

For a complete listing of TSTI’s Certified products go to the “Certified” section on SI’s home page and click onto Tatung.

I. B. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES OUR NEW MEMBER RACKMASTER

Bloomington, MN–Apirl 20, 1999– Rackmaster Systems, Inc. is a manufacturer of durable rack mounted computer systems and peripheral enclosures for applications ranging from telecommunications and network servers to process control. The company recently announced the release of its newly designed FRS (Fault Resilient Series) Ultra AXmp chassis called the “Eclipse FRS”.

This fault tolerant enclosure is designed specially for the high power requirements of the Sun Microsystems SPARCengine Ultra AXmp quad processor motherboard. The chassis comes standard with three robust, hot swappable 400W power supplies to provide a level of redundancy unparalleled in the industry.

Cooling has always been an issue in chassis design. The Eclipse FRS is again unique in providing three 120mm, 90 CFM cooling fans for the chassis and three dedicated 60mm 25 CFM cooling one for each power supply, to improve system durability and MTBF. There is no need to take the system down to remove a failed fan as all fans are a hot swappable card cage design and can be removed through the top cover without the use of tools.

For more information please visit their web site at www.rackmaster.com.

I. C. – TADPOLE’S NEW MOBILE GIS SYSTEM POISED TO REVOLUTIONIZE UTILITIES’ FIELD SYSTEMS AND WORK METHODS

Cambridge, UK–April 26, 1999– Specialist mobile computing vendor Tadpole Technology Plc today launched a revolutionary Java-based field information system that allows the world’s utilities, telecommunications and public service industries to better serve their customers, achieve significant gains in field workforce productivity and optimize growing investments in geographic information systems (GIS).

This unique Java-based mobile computing system allows utilities to better repair, track and manage field assets. Makes field workers more productive and job-responsive, overcomes shortcomings and limitations of hand-held PC-based solutions.

Designated Tadpole-Cartesia, Tadpole’s new enterprise-class Field Information System eliminates at-a-stroke the shortcomings and impracticalities of hand-held or other PC-based systems for data-intensive computing in hostile environments. The system enables utilities to put detailed mapping and job-specific information quickly and cost-effectively into the hands of field workers, track work-in-progress and maintain an accurate database of field assets.

Leveraging Java and internet technologies, Tadpole’s simple-to-use Field Information System brings the full advantages of integrated corporate workflow to the mobile environment. A unique family of spatially-enabled works management tools integrating best-of-breed Java technology providers Fort Software, ILOG and Wind River Systems, Tadpole-Cartesia gives field teams on-line access to corporate databases via digital cellular, wireless radio or conventional telephones from an innovative hand-held, pen-based computer through a server linked to corporate databases.

Tadpole Technology, a specialist vendor of mobile computing solutions for professional markets, is a listed company on the London Stock Exchange. The company comprises two divisions: Tadpole-RDI, global leader in portable UNIX workstations and servers; and Tadpole-Cartesia, pioneer of Java-based field information systems for the utilities, telecommunications and public service industries. Website: www.tadpole.com.

I. D. – ARIES RESEARCH, INC. OFFERS SPARC(R) SYSTEM PLATFORMS AND TOTAL SYSTEM SOLUTIONS FOR CORPORATE INTRANETS

Fremont, CA–April 1, 1999– Aries Research, Inc. offers SPARC(R) system platforms and total system solutions for corporate Intranets. All standard systems are built with system boards from Sun Microsystems. When standard systems do not fit our customers’ needs, we design and manufacture customized systems. For UltraSPARC(R)-based standard systems, we offer systems based on the AXi, Ultra II, Ultra 60 and AXmp system boards.

Marixx US AXi is based on the UltraSPARC(R) AXi system board. It combines Sun Microelectronics’ new 64-bit UltraSPARC? IIi processor, PCI I/O Bus, and graphics options that outperforms the fastest Pentium II class PCs at comparable prices.

Marixx US 60 is a fast dual-processor system based on the Ultra 60 system board. Its robust performance let you do modeling, animation, medical imaging, video effects and more. US 60 supports up to 2GB of memory and two processors and integrates easily with PCs as well as other UltraSPARC(R) workstations.

Marixx US AXmp system utilizes Sun’s AXmp system board. Like Ultra 60 system board, AXmp system board is based on the UltraSPARC? Port Architecture (UPA) with PCI Bus (I/O subsystem design. Unlike the Ultra 60 system board, it has 9 PCI slots versus 4 slots. Specifically designed for demanding industrial control applications, AIN platforms and telecommunications class Internet servers, the US AXmp system offers three times the computing density of comparable office systems.

Marixx US II system is built with Sun’s Ultra II system board. It is also based on the UltraSPARC Port Architecture (UPA) with Sun’s SBus based I/O. Scalable to 400 MHz processor speed, with Sun proprietary memory SIMM, Marixx US II has been the flagship system for SPARC’s desktop engineering application market.

Although SuperSPARC(R)-based systems has been discontinued by Sun, Aries Research still supports Marixx SS5 and Marixx SS20 systems based on Sun’s SS5 and SS20 system boards, respectively. These systems are vital for applications based upon Solaris 1.1.2. The SS5 comes with a single processor and the SS20 is available with single, dual, or quad-processor.

Marixx is a product trademark of Aries Research.For more information please visit Aries web site at www.ariesresearch.com Aries Research, Inc. is located in Fremont, CA, phone + 510 413-0288, fax + 510 226-0781.

I. E. – ON-LINE ANSWERS FOR SOLARIS AND SUN HARDWARE

Waterford, MI–April 22, 1999– SoftTech Solutions recreated the look, feel and attributes of the On-Line! Detective for Sun in version 11.0 as well as adding a significant amount of new content. The Detective is a system support tool for personnel supporting Sun workstations and servers by providing answers and solutions for hardware and Solaris related issues and problems. The product provides critical support for system administrators, field engineers, help-desk personnel and resellers of Sun equipment. Specifically, the Detective covers troubleshooting, all Sun and third-party part numbers (including compatibility), root cause resolution, configuration rules and configuration guidelines. The Detective also covers many Solaris issues and problems providing quick and accurate answers and information. This includes Solaris troubleshooting, a breakout and explanation of UNIX commands, defining the Forth Tool Kit, the procedures for upgrading your operating system and many other topics critical to the Sun environment. on.

The On-Line! Detective also includes a site map allowing individuals to quickly find facts and answers to pressing issues. Finding answers fast is a major benefit of the tool. Currently the Detective covers all workstations from the SPARCstation IPC to the Ultra 60. From a server perspective, the product includes the SS1000, SC2000, Enterprise 3000-6000, E3500-E6500, Enterprise 450 and E250. Each system has an overview, configuration rules and requirements, troubleshooting flowcharts and guidelines for all component removal and replacement procedures. The Detective also covers storage arrays including the StorEdge A5000.

The Detective runs on most Sun or Microsoft operating systems. It will load on Sun desktops or servers, as well as PCs and laptops. The tool is sold individually or in multiple-user packs. The Detective now has a demo available that is downloadable from the web. To view the demo or for more information, visit SoftTech Solutions website at www.stsolutions.com or call SoftTech direct at (888) 786-4393 in the US or (248) 738-7738 for international callers.

I. F. – SUN MICROSYSTEMS REPORTS RECORD THIRD QUARTER REVENUES AND EARNINGS. McNEALY REINFORCES COMMITMENT TO THE SPARC TECHNOLOGY

Palo Alto, CA–April 15, 1999– Sun Microsystems, Inc., today reported results for the third quarter which ended March 28, 1999. Revenues for the third quarter were a record $2.936 billion, up 24 percent compared with the third quarter of fiscal 1998. Net income for the third quarter, excluding a charge related to an acquisition, reached an all time high of $291.4 million, an increase of 26 percent from the previous year’s results. Third quarter earnings per share, excluding the charge related to an acquisition, was $.71 (on a pre-split basis, see below), an increase of 20 percent over the corresponding period a year ago.

In this report, Scott McNealy, Chief Executive Officer, stated “Sun remains focused on building the world’s best network computing products, investing about $1.2 billion dollars annually into its core technologies, SPARC®, Solaris(TM), Java(TM) and Jini(TM). In addition, our next generation of full 64 bit systems will be powered by the UltraSPARC III chip, which taped out during the quarter. These investments enable Sun to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

I. G. – EIS ROLLS OUT COMPLETE ULTRASPARC SOLUTIONS FOR ISP’S

Moorpark, CA–April 23, 1999– EIS Computers today announced the rollout of a complete set of products and support services targeted to meet the computing needs of Internet Service Providers.

Central to this new product set, EIS introduced a new low profile rack-mount UltraSPARC server, the Fusion-iX/2, and announced a partnership with national system support provider Terix Computer, Inc. Terix will provide help desk and onsite 24/7 service for all EIS Fusion hardware. The new server and the support program was unveiled at ISPON Spring ’99 in Baltimore along with a set of rack-mount accessories and software options including UltraSPARC Linux, which comprises a total solution for ISPs.

The Fusion-iX/2 is the leader in a new breed of rack-mountable servers, built using Sun Microelectronics’s SPARCengine Ultra AXi PCI system board. The Fusion-iX/2 includes dual UltraWide SCSI channels, 100baseT Ethernet, up to 1GB RAM, Sun’s 360MHz UltraSPARC II(i) CPU, up to 4 hard drives, floppy, Tape or CD-ROM, 2 PCI cards, a redundant hot swappable power supply and a rack mountable enclosure that stands only 3.5″ (2 “Rack Units” or 2U) high. This low profile chassis allows ISPs to double the number of servers in existing racks, compared to a traditional 4U or 5U chassis, without compromising on features. EIS will preinstall Solaris or Linux for UltraSPARC processors and offers a variety of software installation options. The Fusion-iX/2 is being offered at the current 4U Fusion-iX server price.

The EIS in partnership with Terix gives Fusion users comprehensive telephone and on-site support. Support packages include round-the-clock on-site support, business week 24-hour on-site support, business week 8-5 on-site support, or technical support and training with next day guaranteed replacement part delivery. Each package includes an option for a full time on-site engineer. EIS will bundle basic support (technical support and training with next day guaranteed replacement part delivery) for two months with every server sold.

Founded in 1994, EIS Computers www.eis.com is an original equipment manufacturer that produces and markets high-performance computer systems, which provide resellers, integrators, Internet Service Providers and small- to mid-size businesses with a streamlined way to acquire Solaris-UltraSPARC or Solaris-Intel based computing.

I. H. – EMPRESS DELIVERS XML SUPPORT IN VERSION 8.20

Greenbelt, MD–April 23, 1999– Empress Software Inc. announces support for XML in the recent release of Empress Hypermedia V8.20, the Internet Applications Development Toolkit powered by the Empress RDBMS. Empress Software’s support for XML is driven by the desire to power the high degree of data interchange within business applications on the Internet, intranets and extranets.

A significant benefit XML delivers to the Empress user is full control in defining tags and the structural relationships between tags in a web document. Unique web documents can be created specifically for the nature of an application and its embedded data managed by the Empress RDBMS. Application developers can define all of the semantics of an XML document, enabling the creation of these highly application-specific web documents.

Data-intensive applications especially utilize the strengths of XML because data can be separated from formatting tags within a web document. This provides a powerful means to extract, mark up, and reuse data. For instance, data can be extracted from an Empress database, altered to suit the developers needs, and then utilized in another application.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The Empress RDBMS V8.20 is one of the most powerful and cost effective databases designed especially for embedded systems developers working with UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Empress is used successfully in many fields, including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, multimedia applications, geographical information systems and network management.

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

II. – SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN MARCH

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the “SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD).” This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products.




ADDITIONS (System Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (1300) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (1360) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (1400) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (2300) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (2360) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (2400) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (3300) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (3360) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (3400) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (4300) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (4360) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (4400) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (1300R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (1360R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (1400R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (2300R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (2360R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (2400R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (3300R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (3360R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (3400R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (4300R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (4360R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U4MP (4400R) 7 2.1 30 NOV 98
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (1300) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (1360) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (1400) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (2300) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (2360) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (2400) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/1300) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/1360) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/1400) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/2300) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/2360) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/2400) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/1300R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/1360R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/1400R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/2300R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/2360R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (60/2400R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (10/300) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (10/333) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (10/360) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (10/300R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (10/333R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99
Tatung / COMPstation U-Series PCI (10/360R) 7 2.1 16 APR 99

The SPARC Verified brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that the peripherals they want to use will work on the SPARC Compliant systems they target. This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Verified products.

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The March 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

March 31, 1999

Issue No. 66

I. SPARC News……………!

II. SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN MARCH

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – Y2K CLEARINGHOUSE WEB SITE

Santa Clara, CA–March 26, 1999– SPARC International, A Year 2000 (Y2K) clearinghouse web site has been created to assist SPARC product users where to seek assistance in resolving possible Y2K problem(s) associated with their systems.

The following companies are now included in this site: Aries, Auspex, Bridgepoint, Force, Hardware Canada, Sun Microsystems, Tadpole-RDI and Tatung. A list of known products or product families are listed. SI welcomes any submission of information to info@sparc.com.

I. B. – NEW LISTING OF OPERATING SYSTEMS FOR SPARC BASED SYSTEMS

Santa Clara, CA–March 23, 1999– SPARC International, A web site has been initiated by SPARC International to inform its visitors of the choices of operating systems which can run on the SPARC Architectures V7, V8 and V9.

You will find these operating systems listed in four categories – commercial, commercial real-time/embedded, public domain, and public domain real-time. Solaris(R) from Sun Microsystems is leading the way for commercial operating systems, but public domain operating systems such as Red Hat’s Linux 5.2 for SPARC are also gaining more and more momentum every day. VxWorks from Wind River Systems is leading in the real-time operating system category.

You can visit this page by going to: www.sparc.com/standards/sparc.os.shtml .

If your favorite SPARC architecture operating system is not listed, please drop us a note at info@sparc.org.

I. C. – CAMINTONN CORPORATION OF IRVINE, CA HAS BEEN AWARDED THE SPARC VERIFIED(R) LOGO

Santa Clara, CA–March 15, 1999– Cammintonn Corporation of Irvine, CA has been awarded the SPARC Verified(R) logo for Memory Modules which passed the Peripheral Verification Test (PVT) process. These include the following product series – ULTRA1, ULTRA2, ULTRA10 and Enterprise450. Camintonn Corporation has specialized in the design and manufacturing of Windows NT and UNIX systems memory for Compaq/Digital, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Silicon Graphics and Sun Microsystems since 1981. Camintonn’s commitment to precision and reliability ensures all products to be 100% compatible and free from defect. We invite you to visit them on the world wide web at www.camintonn.com .

I. D. – INSIGNIA SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH SUN MICROSYSTEMS JEODE TECHNOLOGY TO BE CERTIFIED FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS

Chicago, IL–March 3, 1999– Insignia Solutions(R) announced today at the Embedded Systems Conference that it has finalized an agreement with Sun Microsystems to establish Insignia as a Sun authorized certified Virtual Machine provider. This agreement paves the way for testing and official Sun compliance certification of Insignia’s Jeode(TM) technology and its Embedded Virtual Machine(TM) (EVM(TM)), Insignia’s implementation of Sun’s Java technology for embedded systems.

The agreement authorizes immediate access to the Java(TM) compatibility test suite and the Java technology source code. The agreement includes technology sharing and compatibility verification, and may accelerate and expand market acceptance for both Jeode and Java technologies.

“We are pleased with our enhanced relationship with Sun,” said Richard Noling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Insignia Solutions, upon completion of the agreement. “The progress we have made in furthering the market acceptance of our Jeode technology will help extend the interest in Java technology for embedded systems. Our Jeode technology, which has been in beta test since November, has won consistently good reviews from our customers, and remains on track for official product shipment by the end of March,” he continued.

Alan Baratz, President of Java Software at Sun Microsystems, added, “We are excited to welcome Insignia as a key player in helping make the Java platform the de facto industry standard for embedded systems. This agreement reflects the commitment by both companies to the Java platform and the Jeode technology. Sun has been working closely with Insignia since last fall and we are very impressed with their Jeode technology.”

For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 1 800 848-7677 in the United States and +44 (0)1628 539 570 in Europe, or visit the Company’s Web site at www.insignia.com.

I. E. – DYAN DYER, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF COMMAND SOFTWARE SYSTEMS WINS “WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR-TRAILBLAZER” AWARD

Jupiter, FL–March 19, 1999– Dyan Dyer, Chairman and CEO of Command Software Systems, Inc. and its subsidiary GEAR Software, is the first to win the “Woman Entrepreneur-Trailblazer” award, presented at the “Women’s Executive Ball – The 1999 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” gala. This first annual award ceremony, co-chaired by the Boca/Delray Chapter of “National Women Business Owners” (NAWBO) and “The Small Office Home Office Association” (SOHO Station) honored women entrepreneurs in Palm Beach County, Florida who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in their respective businesses and who exemplify dedication to helping others by sharing their expertise.

Nominees for the Woman Entrepreneur-Trailblazer award were required to have been in business for at least five years and had to have acquired substantial revenues over time. Ms. Dyer’s success story has been built on her abiding commitment to develop best of breed products and superior customer service and support. Ms. Dyer’s “Just Do It” attitude, her unwavering determination to meet all challenges head-on, and her commitment to hiring quality people, create the foundation of her companies.

Command Software’s subsidiary, GEAR Software, brings to market today’s most robust CD-R and DVD-R technology for audio, video, and data recording, plus a multimedia version for Windows and UNIX platforms. The GEAR consumer family of products includes GEAR(tm) CD-R Suite which bundles GEAR(tm) Audio (allows users to mix music and audio onto one CD from multiple sources), GEAR(tm) Replicator (allows users to create flawless duplication of any CD), and WebGrabber(tm) (allows users to copy Web content onto CD). GEAR PRO for Windows and GEAR PRO for UNIX make up GEAR’s professional product line and includes cutting-edge features that multimedia title developers, CD publishers and audio houses demand.

For more information about Command Software and GEAR Software, visit their Web site at www.commandcom.com.

I. F. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. ANNOUNCES NEW ULTRASPARC IIi PROCESSOR AVAILABLE FOR RAVE SYSTEMS RACKMOUNT-AXI AND RAVE SYSTEMS TOWER-AXI

Sterling Heights, MI–March 17, 1999– Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of Sun Microsystems, announces the release of the latest processor available for Rave Systems RackMount-AXi and Tower-AXi, the UltraSPARC(R) IIi 360MHz with 2MB external cache.

Both Rave Systems RackMount-AXi (RM-AXi) and Tower-AXi (T-AXi) utilize Sun’s Ultra(tm) AXi motherboard which provides robust standard features such as UltraSPARC-IIi ungradable processor modules with processing speeds up to 360MHz, integrated dual-channel Ultra wide SCSI, six 33MHz/32 bit PCI slots, and supports up to 1GB of memory and Suns Creator Series (FFB2) graphics.

The Rave Systems Rackmount-AXi features Sun’s Ultra AXi motherboard integrated into an attractive 19″ rackmount 5U enclosure that offers many flexible configurations. The chassis can be configured with shock-mounted drive canisters, hot-swap fans, hot-swap capable disk drives, and hot-swap power supplies.

The system also offers an option of being integrated with an intelligent system control board which provides both audible and visual warnings should a fault occur with temperature, power supplies, or fans in conjunction with Raves’ newest product development, Pagemate. Pagemate is a remote error notification system designed exclusively to interface with Rave Systems RackMount-AXi. Pagemate works in tandem with Raves’ optional intelligent system control board integrated into Rave Systems rackmount chassis, and Pagemate continuously monitors the status of power supplies, cooling fans, and internal chassis temperature, all independent of the system motherboard. When an error is detected, an integral 2400 baud modem dials out immediately, informing key personnel. A detailed text message, giving the system address and error notification is sent to an alphanumeric pager.

Rave Systems Tower-AXi features Sun’s Ultra AXi motherboard integrated into a mid-tower chassis that is configured with three 5.25, two 3.5 exposed bays and 300 Watt power supply.

More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc. can be found on their web site at: www.rave.com or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

I. G. – RAVE SYSTEMS DESKTOP-U2 AND RACKMOUNT-U2 NOW FEATURE ULTRASPARC(R) II 400MHZ MICROPROCESSOR

Sterling Heights, MI–March 17, 1999– Rave Computer Association, Inc. leading Sun authorized system integrator introduces two Rave Systems powered up to 400MHz UltraSPARC-II(R) processor with 2MB of external cache.

Rave Systems Desktop U2 (DT-U2) is a multi-processing 64 bit UltraSPARC II powered system designed to meet the requirements for the most sophisicated graphic, technical, and business applications. The DT-U2 is integrated with original Suns single or dual UltraSPARC II chip set that supports up to 400MHz processing speeds with 2MB of external cache. The system also can be configured with up to 2GB of memory and pre-loaded with Solaris 2.6 or later. The DT-U2 comes standard with 100-BaseT Ethernet interface; two serial ports; one parallel port and four SBus expansion slots, 32 bit or 64 bit data bus width. The Rave Systems DT-U2 supports Creator 3D graphics technology and provides disk storage capacity of up to 18GB.

Rave Systems RackMount U2 (RM-U2) is a 64 bit multi-processing rackmount featuring all original Sun components integrated into a standard 19″ EIA rack. The RM-U2 also features Sun’s single or dual UltraSPARC II chip set with up to 400MHz processing power with 2MB external cache. The RackMount-U2 comes standard with 100-BaseT Ethernet interface; two serial ports; one parallel port and four SBus expansion slots, 32 bit or 64 bit data bus width. The system can be pre-loaded with Solaris 2.6 or later, and configured with up 2GB of memory with hard disk storage capacity of up to 18GB. The Rave Systems RM-U2 is designed to provide the best solution for an entry level server and high performance embedded applications.

More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc. can be found on their web site at www.rave.com or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

I. H. – EMPRESS TRIPLES SQL OPERATIONS SPEED, BROADENS PROGRAMMING ENVIRONMENT IN VERSION 8.20 RELEASE

Greenbelt, MD–March 12, 1999– Empress announces the immediate availability of EMPRESS RDBMS V8.20, now with the fastest ever Dynamic SQL and ODBC-based SQL operations, plus a host of new features for the embedded systems marketplace. The new EMPRESS capabilities include: 300+% speed increases for Dynamic SQL and ODBC-based repetitive SQL operations Database Internet object technologies such as Data Streaming and a Pure Java Client thread safe environment for invoking Empress routines in multi-threaded applications fork safe environment that allows execution of subsequent initialization procedures in complex autonomous, fire-and-forget embedded applications Open connectivity with wider array of third-party software.

A recent breakthrough in Empress technology now allows looped SQL operations, invoked through Empress interfaces for Dynamic SQL or the Empress ODBC Interface, to run at significantly greater speeds than ever before. Speed increases range from 300% for repeated Deletes, to over 1000% for Inserts.

Data Streaming allows large amounts of text or large binary objects (BLObs, bulk data) to be manipulated in small streams and within a greatly reduced memory space. Now a massive stream of data can be updated easily without loading or transferring the entire object, resulting in 2 times to 3 times throughput increases in LAN-based bulk data operations.

EMPRESS RDBMS V8.20 has broadened its operations into multiple development programming environments. For those who wish to write portable Java programs, Empress JDBC Interface Pure Java Client enables applications to run on any OS that has a Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Empress-based applets can run inside any browser that conforms to the Javasoft specification for JVM. The Threadsafe feature enables developers to safely and transparently use Empress routines in multi-threaded programming. The Forksafe feature provides the capability to reinitialize Empress related resources between parent and child process; this allows parallel or asynchronous programming.

EMPRESS RDBMS V8.20 also offers connectivity with major third-party tools. These include Adobe FrameMaker, Allaire’s ColdFusion, Borland Delphi, MS FoxPro, MS Office (Access, Excel, Word), MS Query, MS Visual Basic, MS Visual C++, Rogue Wave DBTools.h++, Sybase PowerBuilder, and Sybase PowerDesigner (formerly S-Designor).

Empress Software develops and supports the EMPRESS Relational Database Management System. The EMPRESS RDBMS V8.20 is one of the most powerful and costeffective databases designed especially for embedded systems developers working with UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Empress is used successfully in many fields, including image and voice management, telecommunications, medical systems, telephony systems, multimedia applications, geographical information systems and network management.

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

II. – SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN MARCH

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the “SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD).” This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products.




ADDITIONS (System Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-1300 7 2.1 08 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-1300Creator 7 2.1 08 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-1300Creator3D 7 2.1 08 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-1360 7 2.1 08 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-1360Creator 7 2.1 08 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-1360Creator3D 7 2.1 08 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-2300 7 2.1 12 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-2300Creator 7 2.1 12 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-2300Creator3D 7 2.1 12 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-2360 7 2.1 12 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-2360Creator 7 2.1 12 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U60-2360Creator3D 7 2.1 12 FEB 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-360 2.6 2.1 12 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-360Creator 2.6 2.1 12 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-360Creator3D 2.6 2.1 12 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-300 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-300Creator 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-300Creator3D 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-333 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-333Creator 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-333Creator3D 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-360 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-360Creator 7 2.1 16 MAR 99
Hardware Canada Computing / Horizon U10-360Creator3D 7 2.1 16 MAR 99

The SPARC Verified brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that the peripherals they want to use will work on the SPARC Compliant systems they target. This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Verified products.




ADDITIONS (Peripheral Verification Tested Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Camintonn / ULTRA1-128 2.6 2.1 05 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA10-64 7 2.1 09 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA10-128 7 2.1 09 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA10-256 7 2.1 09 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA10-512 7 2.1 09 FEB 99
Camintonn / Enterprise 450-128 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / Enterprise 450-256 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / Enterprise 450-512 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / Enterprise 450-1GB 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA1-64 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA1-256 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA2-128 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA2-128 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA2-256 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Camintonn / ULTRA2-512 2.6 2.1 23 FEB 99
Tatung / COMPraid 3000 7 2.1 01 MAR 99

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The February 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

February 28, 1999

Issue No. 65

I. SPARC News……………!

II. SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN FEBRUARY

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. TO EXHIBIT AT EMBEDDED SYSTEMS CONFERENCE SPRING

Sterling Heights, MI–February 12, 1999–Rave Computer Association, a leading Sun OEM and authorized value-added system integrator announced today that they will be exhibiting at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference Spring, to be held at McCormick Place South, Chicago, during the first week of March 1-4, 1999.

Rave Computer Association, Inc., will be present in Sun Microsystems booth to demonstrate two rackmount systems with remote monitoring capabilities. Both systems are integrated with Sun Microsystems newest and latest SPARC technology and will be operating on Solaris 2.7. The Rave Systems RackMount-AXi (RM-AXi) features redundant power supplies, hard drives, auto-compensating fans, up to 360MHz CPU, and the optional intelligent system control board for remote monitoring capabilities. RM-AXi integrates Sun Microsystems Ultra AXi motherboard in an attractive 19″ 5U black rack-mountable chassis. The fault resilient AXi system highlights many robust features like up to 1GB memory, 10/100 bit Ethernet, six 33MHz/32-bit PCI slots, and integrated Dual-channel Ultra-wide SCSI.

The second system, Rave Systems RackMount-AXmp (RM-AXmp) features the newest Sun Microsystems Ultra AXmp motherboard that supports single to quad-processing capabilities in a 64-bit UltraSPARC-powered system. The Rave Systems RM-AXmp supports the full UltraSPARC I and II family of processor modules with level 2 cache, and up to six PCI slots, four at 33MHz and two at 66MHz, and maximum memory of up to 2GB. The optional intelligent system control board is built into the 19″ 5U rack-mountable chassis for remote monitoring capabilities. The powerful system also features a 600-watt power supply, integrated dual-channel Ultra-wide SCSI, and three cooling fans.

For more information about Rave Systems or about Rave Computer Association, Inc, call 1-800-966-7283, fax:810-939-8230; send e-mail to: info@rave.com. Or visit our web site at www.rave.net.

I. B. – APPLIED COMPUTER SCIENCE LIMITED (ACSL) ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL PROMOTION FOR SPARC INTERNATIONAL MEMBERS

Since 1992,–ACSL has been the publisher of the most complete guide to SPARC based systems ans suppliers. ACSL offers free listings for manufacturers of SPARC based computers, SPARC supported PCI cards, SBus cards and SPARC compatible RAM and resellers worldwide. For those companies wishing to augment their marketing programs, the company offers an web advertising program which reaches over 21,000 readers per month.

Since 1992, the SPARC Product Directory published by Applied Computer Science Limited (ACSL) has been the most complete guide for SPARC based systems and suppliers. Many of our members have been advertising in the Directory as it is one of the most cost effective ways of getting products before SPARC system buyers.

As another benefit of membership in SPARC International, ACSL is offering to new and renewing members a $150 discount on the price of its web advertising package, both classified and banner packages suited to resellers or manufacturers.

To obtain this discount, SPARC International members must order the advertising package within 3 months of the membership order during the qualifying period of January 1, 1999 to December 31, 1999. Only one $150 discount for any company in any year.

Advertising on SPARCproductDIRectory.com provides one of the most cost effective ways of getting your products seen by tens of thousands of SPARC systems buyers at the time when they are looking for products and suppliers.

QUALIFYING PERIOD: – SI Members who order or reorder membership from January 1, 1999 up to December 31, 1999.

HOW DO I CLAIM MY DISCOUNT? – Tell ACSL, the publisher, that you are claiming this discount when you place your advertising order. ACSL will contact SI to confirm that you have ordered membership in the qualifying period, and will deduct $150 off the amount quoted on your invoice. That’s it.

Contact ACSL today to discuss your options. Phone: +44 (0)118 9820 880, fax: +44 (0)118 9820 445, email: info@SPARCproductDirectory.com, web www.sparcproductdirectory.com .

I. C.- SUN TO SUPPORT LINUX ON SPARC

Palo Alto, CA–February 24, 1999– Sun Microsystems has decided to help system integrators build low-cost boxes running the Linux operating system (OS) on Sun SPARC-based platforms. Sun has traditionally supported its Solaris flavor of Unix but not Linux.

In one of the first hardware-level support announcements to come from traditional Unix-oriented systems firms, Sun said its support will be in the form of SPARCengine Ultra AXi processor boards that are designed to run the upstart, freely distributed Linux OS. Sun said the board will permit high-performance platforms for Linux, which was originally written to be able to run on low-end and even obsolete Intel-based systems.

Since Sun joined Linux International last May, it has worked with the Linux open source software (OSS) community to port Linux to the UltraSPARC platform. System integrators can now download a free version of Linux for the UltraSPARC platform from various sites on the World Wide Web. Many are listed at sun.com/software/linux.

One industry segment targeted by the Sun-Linux effort is small and mid-sized Internet service providers (ISPs) that install servers with the SPARCengine Ultra AXi boards powered by UltraSPARC-IIi processors. The ISP market is one area where Linux has boomed, according to market studies.

Donovan Systems Pte. Ltd., a Singapore-based manufacturer and provider of SPARC compatible systems and redundant array of independent disks (RAID) subsystems, was the first system integrator to demonstrate a SPARCengine AXi based system using Linux.

For information visit Sun’s web site at www.sun.com.

I. D. TATUNG UNLEASHES MAXIMUM POWER WITH NEW 400 MHZ, QUAD-PROCESSING SERVERS

Milpitas, CA–February 9, 1999– Tatung Science & Technology, Inc (TSTI), celebrating more than 10 years of commitment to the SPARC systems market, today launched the COMPstation U4MP Series Model 4400, a new high-end server that employs four, 400 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors. The COMPstation 4400 expands 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.

Tatung offers the COMPstation 4400 in both rack-mount and tower configurations. Now shipping, the compact, rack-mount models are designed to cater to the demanding needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), OEMs and industrial, commercial and communications applications.

Equipped with 4 MB of external cache per processor, the COMPstation 4400 enables users to leverage four-way UltraSPARC-II chip technology to accomplish a system performance of 17.7 SPECint_95* and 25.3 SPECfp_95* per CPU.

The server is available in a 19-inch rack-mountable chassis design that fits into existing ISP server banks and adapts easily to OEM, communications, commercial and industrial requirements. With a footprint that is 8.75 inches high, 17.25 inches wide, and 26 inches deep, the COMPstation 4400R’s space-saving design allows for easy vertical stacking.

“The COMPstation 4400 leverages faster processing capability to produce higher throughput, which in turn will reduce bottlenecks for users,” said Kam Chan, president of TSTI. “This powerful, four-way processing system, with increased storage space and a variety of configuration options, proves to be an unparalleled server for multi-tasking, compute-intensive or enterprise-wide business applications.”

The system comes pre-installed with Solaris 7, which includes an enhanced Common Desktop Environment for ease-of-use and intuitive operation. In addition, customers can maintain 100 percent binary compatibility with the application software they now use with their existing SPARC systems. No application changes are required in order for customers to continue to use the thousands of software programs available for the SPARC platform.

Beyond the Solaris 7 operating system and related software that comes standard with the new COMPstation 4400, Tatung also offers three modular software extensions – Solaris Easy Access Server, Solaris Enterprise Server and Solaris ISP Server – all available as options.

Easy Access Server is a software suite that equips corporate users with tools for improved system performance; remote connectivity and security; and network services and systems management. Solaris Enterprise Server delivers extended capabilities to users of enterprise-wide business applications, data warehousing and e-commerce solutions, while Solaris ISP Server offers a robust base for the quick launching of value-added services and effective operations management.

Rack-Mount Systems and Tower Cabinet Present a Variety of Features
The COMPstation 4400 supports two 66 MHz, 64-bit PCI devices and four 33 MHz, 64-bit PCI devices to provide multiple options for peripherals and add-ons. Standard configurations include four, 400 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors; one GB RAM; and 9 GB of hard disk storage. Other standard features consist of dual Ultra wide SCSI channels; two serial ports; one parallel port; and a 10/100 BaseT Ethernet interface.

The rack-mount server features up to six drive bays suitable for four, 5-1/4″ slots and two, 3-1/2″ slots. Options include up to 2 GB of RAM; up to 80 GB or more of hard disk storage; ATM connectivity and Ultra Wide SCSI. In addition, Tatung offers optional storage solutions, such as the COMP-raid 3000, which support its entire server line, including the COMPstation 4400. The COMP-Raid 3000 is a high-performance disk-array controller available in a small rack-mountable cabinet (7″H x 17.25″W x 18″D). Offering up to 144 GB of capacity or more, the device supports any mix of RAID configurations including RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 3 and 5.

The tower cabinet can fit 14 or more drive bays to provide extra drive capacity. Four durable wheels are mounted on the bottom for added mobility. Redundant power supplies, available as a standard feature, provide added protection against power module failure.

For more information, contact Tatung Science & Technology, Inc., 1840 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035; Toll Free: 1-800-659-5902; email: mkt@tsti.com; Web-site: www.tsti.com.

I. E. RED HAT AND IBM ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE FOR ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS ON LINUX

Research Triangle, NC–February 18, 1999– Red Hat Software, Inc. announced today that it has entered an alliance with IBM to deliver, via IBM Business Partners, high-performance IBM systems running Official Red Hat Linux.

Red Hat and IBM will work collaboratively to optimize IBM personal system hardware for running Red Hat Linux, providing customers with powerful and reliable enterprise and e-business solutions on the Red Hat Linux platform. Both companies will work together to provide enterprise-level technical support and will conduct joint marketing to enterprise customers. As a first demonstration of high performing e-business solutions based on Red Hat Linux and IBM hardware, several high traffic Red Hat web sites will be powered by the award winning Netfinity line of servers.

More than 10 million users currently run the Linux operating system. According to IDC Research, Linux was the fastest-growing server operating environment in 1998, capturing more than 17 percent of all server operating system shipments. A new survey in Linuxworld showed that 74 percent of those polled cite Red Hat as the most recognized Linux vendor.

For more information about Red Hat Software and Red Hat products and technologies, please call 1-888-REDHAT1 or visit our web site at www.redhat.com.

I. F. -VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT/EQUIPMENT ROLLOUT SERVICES

Why “Hire and Fire” for Short Term Equipment Deployment Projects?
Why stress out your existing people, facility and process for short-term?
Equipment roll-out projects?

Many organizations are turning to Virtual Technology, a specialist in Computer equipment deployment, worldwide. The benefits are many;

1. Improves employee moral. (Who wants to spend time on a “one-time project?)
2. Reduce variable facility/materials/furniture/testing equipment costs.
3. Eliminate acquisition /logistics/packaging/inventory management efforts.

Virtual Technology can save your organization money, while doing the work for you as well! We execute custom deployment packages for you who can include any or all of the following options;

– Hardware acquisition utilizing our purchasing power and vendor relationships.
– Physical storage of all of your items required for the upgrade.
– Professional “kit building” per your specifications including hardware/software integration.
– Testing on multiple hotbeds for quality assurance.
– Custom packaging and installation support materials.
– Complete management reporting for purchases, inventory and deployment via WWW.

Virtual Technology is pleased to review your equipment roll-out requirements for quotation and your Review. Please contact Mike Dolik, Deployment Services Group at (248) 524-0952. You may also visit their web site at www.virtualtechnology.com.

I. G. – INSIGNIA WORKS WITH SUN TO REVISE BRAND STRATEGY FOR JENE

Fremont, CA–February 25, 1999– Insignia Solutions®, announced today the upcoming launch of Jeode(TM) (pronounced “Jee-ode”), its implementation of Sun’s Java technology for embedded systems. Jeode was introduced at the Embedded Systems Conference last fall under the name Jene(TM). The company anticipates customer shipments of Jeode by the end of March.

Insignia signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sun Microsystems recently, which could set the stage for success of Jeode in the embedded marketplace. “We’re very excited to be working in partnership with Sun,” stated Rick Noling, president and CEO of Insignia. “When Sun formally announced its JINI technology in December, we recognized the possibility of confusion by the similarity between the two names. In order to avoid confusing potential customers, we are changing the name to Jeode prior to the official release of the product in March.”

Insignia Solutions is a leading provider of virtual machine technology that dynamically optimizes the use of available system resources. Jeode, Insignia’s implementation of Sun’s Java(TM) technology specifically designed for embedded systems, allows developers to create reliable, efficient and predictable embedded devices that are enabled by the Company’s Embedded Virtual Machine.

The publicly held Company’s US headquarters are in Fremont, California, and its main R&D facilities are in High Wycombe, England. Sales and Marketing departments are located in Fremont and High Wycombe. For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 800/848-7677 in the United States and +44(0)1628 539 570 in Europe, or visit the Company’s Web site at www.insignia.com.

I. H. – EIS COMPUTERS SERVERS UPGRADED TO UTILIZE NEWEST ULTRASPARC PROCESSORS

Moorpark, CA–February 16, 1999– EIS Computers, manufacturer of Solaris UltraSPARC hardware and software solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the 360 MHz, 2MB cache UltraSPARC II(i) on its Fusion-iX platform, and the 400 MHz, 4 MB cache UltraSPARC II on its Fusion-MX platform. The new CPUs represent the latest generation of Sun Microsystems’ high performance processors for the mid-range server market.

The EIS Fusion-iX platform is configured with a 4.5, 9 or 18GB UltraSCSI disk, 64MB-1GB of RAM, and a choice of operating systems preinstalled, including Solaris 2.6, Solaris 7 and UltraSPARC Linux.

Available with one to four CPUs, the Fusion-MX offers a level of I/O bandwidth and CPU speed demanded by today’s fast growth ISPs. Fusion-MX delivers 128MB-2 GB of RAM, and uses a 576-bit data path, compared to typical 64-bit Pentium data path. Built-in Fusion-MX features make it an ideal platform for a multi-site web server, or a busy web-database web application.

All Fusion servers are available with features specifically needed by ISPs. These include rack-mountable chassis, redundant hot-swappable power supplies, hot-swappable drives, remote management features and RAID disk subsystems.

Founded in 1994, EIS Computers, www.eis.com, is an original equipment manufacturer that produces and markets high-performance computer systems which provide resellers, integrators, ISPs and small to mid-size businesses with a streamlined way to acquire Solaris-UltraSPARC or Solaris-Intel based computing. EIS’ Solaris-compatible workstations and servers use genuine Sun Microsystems and Intel board-level products as the basis of its customized platforms. Offerings include the UltraSPARC-based Fusion Series and the Intel-based VerteX Series, both driven by Sun’s Solaris operating system. EIS also provides custom hardware and software integration services, and a wide range of off-the-shelf applications and utility software packages, available separately through EIS’ Solaris WebStore.

For additional information vist EIS Computers, Inc. web site at www.eis.com, email info@eis.com, address 207 W. Los Angeles Ave, #303, Moorpark, CA 93201, phone +805 383-1466, Fax +805 383-1470.


II. – SCD CERTIFIED AND VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN FEBRUARY

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the “SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD).” This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products.



ADDITIONS (System Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Force Computers SPARC CPUI-520 2.6 2.1 02-22-99

The SPARC Verified brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that the peripherals they want to use will work on the SPARC Compliant systems they target. This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Verified products.



ADDITIONS (Peripheral Verification Tested Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Camintonn ULTRA1-128 2.6 2.1 02-05-99
Camintonn ULTRA10-64 Solaris 7 2.1 02-09-99
Camintonn ULTRA10-128 Solaris 7 2.1 02-09-99
Camintonn ULTRA10-256 Solaris 7 2.1 02-09-99
Camintonn ULTRA10-512 Solaris 7 2.1 02-09-99
Camintonn ENTERPRISE 450-128 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ENTERPRISE 450-256 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ENTERPRISE 450-512 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ENTERPRISE 450-1GB 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ULTRA1-64 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ULTRA1-256 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ULTRA2-128 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ULTRA2-256 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn ULTRA2-512 2.6 2.1 02-23-99
Camintonn COMPraid 3000 Solaris 7 2.1 03-01-99

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The January 1999 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

January 31, 1999

Issue No. 64

I. SPARC News……………!

II. SCD 1.1/2.1 TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES THREE NEW MEMBERS

Troy, MI–January 20, 1999–Virtual Technology, a division of Unix Technology, Inc., joined SPARC International as a VAR member. Virtual Technology specializes in providing value based products and services exclusively for the Sun market.

Santa Clara, CA–January 22, 1999–MemoryX, a manufacturer and distributor of memory for Sun SPARC(R) computers and other workstations, has joined SPARC International as an IHV. MemoryX also markets Sun SPARC CPUs and peripherals as well.

Holliston, MA–January 25, 1999–SPARC International welcomes Intraserver Technology, Inc. as an IHV member. ITI offers a complete line of pci(TM) SCSI and Network Host adapters for Sun Ultra AX and other systems. The company also produces Ultra Wide RAID subsystems and storage arrays, as well as providing engineering and consulting services.

I. B. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES NEW CEO

Santa Clara, CA–January 28, 1999–The SPARC International Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Neville Griffin as the new Chairman and CEO to replace the retiring Ted Atlee. Atlee, who joined SPARC International in 1996, said,”Nev is an excellent choice to head-up the organization. He is a proven leader and someone I look forward to working with and supporting during the transitional period”.

Griffin brings 35 years of computer industry experience with such companies as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and, most recently, as a consultant to a broad range of companies including UNIX and SPARC-based systems manufacturers. During the start up phase of SPARC International back in 1989, Griffin served as Vice President of Marketing for three years and is the perfect candidate to take over Mr. Atlee’s position.

“The opportunity to directly serve again the growing SPARC community, representing over 100 members and serving thousands of end-users and developers, was too good to pass up,” said Mr. Griffin. “SPARC International is and will continue to be an important, standards-focused organization in the mainstream of the high-tech world.”

I. C.- PORTABLE UNIX LEADER TADPOLE-RDI WINS PLUS $1 MILLION ORDERS FROM PLATINUM AS BUSINESS SOFTWARE LEADER STRENGTHENS ITS PORTABLE UNIX COMPUTING STRATEGY

Carlsbad, CA–January 25, 1999–Portable UNIX workstation and server leader Tadpole-RDI, a subsidiary of mobile computing vendor Tadpole Technology Plc, today announced orders valued at over one million dollars from blue-chip software corporation PLATINUM technology, inc.. The orders cover the supply of Tadpole-RDIs top-of-the-range UltraSPARC-driven portable UNIX workstation UltraBook.

Says Una Richens, Tadpole-RDI’s vice president of marketing and business development: “Growing numbers of major enterprises and government agencies now recognize the pressing need to redefine their mobile UNIX computing strategies and these latest orders from PLATINUM are indicative.” She adds: “Tadpole-RDIs portable UNIX workstations and servers today offer the equivalent power, capacity and features of their static desktop cousins. In mobile computing scenarios, they are more reliable, lead to enhanced productivity of sales teams and total cost of ownership (TCO) is substantially lower.”

Richens’ remarks on ownership costs are made in the backdrop of studies undertaken by PLATINUM comparing portable UNIX workstations with their static equivalents. The study showed Tadpole-RDIs portable UNIX solutions offering PLATINUMs field sales teams threefold productivity gains for on-site customer demonstrations and training, and lower ownership costs up to 600% over a three year write-off period.

About Tadpole-RDI Tadpole-RDI, a subsidiary of Tadpole Technology Plc, is the global leader in portable UNIX workstations and server systems for Sun and Hewlett-Packard operating systems. Its North American headquarters are based in Carlsbad, California and European operations in Cambridge, England. Tadpole-RDI is certified ISO-9001 and operates through a global network of specialist distribution channels providing applications in industry, commerce and government. Website: www.tadpolerdi.com.

About Tadpole Technology Plc Tadpole Technology is a listed company on the London Stock Exchange and also pioneer of mobile Java solutions called Cartesia for the world’s utilities and related industries. Leveraging developments in Java and intranet technology, Cartesia brings the full advantages of integrated corporate workflow to the mobile environment allowing utilities to deploy the first set of truly location-independent, platform-neutral business tools that generate reductions in IT costs and gains in mobile workforce productivity.

I. D. RAVE COMPUTER INTRODUCES A NEW PRODUCT AS A SUPPLEMENT TO RAVE SYSTEMS RACKMOUNT PRODUCTS. PAGEMATE: A REMOTE ERROR NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

Sterling Heights, MI–January 4, 1999–Rave Computer Association, Inc. has designed and developed Pagemate, a remote error notification system designed exclusively to interface with Rave Systems rackmount products such as Rave Systems RackMount-AXi, and Rave Systems Disk Array.

Pagemate works in perfect tandem with Raves optional intelligent system control board integrated into Rave systems chassis, and Pagemate continuously monitors the status of power supplies, cooling fans, and internal chassis temperature, all independent of the system motherboard. When an error is detected, an integral 2400 baud modem dials out immediately, informing key personnel.

Remote dial-in access gives the user the ability to monitor up to eight systems connected to Pagemate. This remote connection gives continuous periodic real-time updates of each system status. While you are online with Pagemate, if a component fails or is being replaced, you will know it instantly.

Pagemate is a stand-alone, firmware-driven device with its own AC power adaptor. DC versions are available as well. With Rave’s unique combination of redundant power systems, and Intelligent System Control board with auto-compensating fans, Pagemate can practically eliminate catastrophic downtime due to power failure or over-temperature.

More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc. can be found on their web site at: www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

I. E. SUN MICROSYSTEMS INC. CHOOSES RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. AS A SUN PARTNER

Sterling Heights, Michigan–January 5, 1999–In December 1998, Rave Computer Association, Inc. was selected as a Sun Authorized Partner. Rave’s selection for this honor, as one of six integration companies in North America, is recognition in the highest form.

This partnership enables Rave Computer Association, Inc. to provide its customers a broad strategic focus. By staying current, Rave will be able to keep its customers informed of the latest in SPARC technology; it also allows Rave to select beta sites for new products. By offering the early adoption program for beta sites, Raves customers are allowed to test products for development before products are released into the market.

Rave is very proud of its 1998 accomplishments. Early February of 1998, Rave became an authorized UL test facility. Then in March 1998, Rave introduced a line of SPARC-based computers. In April 1998, Rave became an ISO-9002 registered company. In the following month, May 1998, Rave celebrated ten years in business. At the end of December 1998, Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced its selection of Rave Computer Association, Inc. as a Sun Authorized Partner. Today Rave looks forward to 1999 providing its customers the best in service and quality products that they have come to expect.

I. F. – RAVE SYSTEM RACKMOUNT-AXMP IS NOW POWERED BY 400MHZ ULTRASPARC-II MICROPROCESSOR

Sterling Heights, Michigan–January 21, 1999–Rave Computer Association, Inc., leading Sun OEM and authorized Sun partner announces that their Rave Systems RackMount-AXmp now features 400MHz UltraSPARC II microprocessor with 4MB of cache.

Rave Systems RackMount-AXmp is a 64-bit UltraSPARC powered rackmount system featuring powerful and flexible configurations such as one to four CPUs utilizing either UltraSPARC I or II processor modules, six PCI slots with four running at 33MHz and two at 66MHz; and up to 2GB of memory. The RackMount-AXmp comes complete in a 19″ 5U Rackmount chassis with a 600 Watt power supply, two integrated dual-channel Ultra-Wide SCSI Buses, and three cooling fans.

Rave Systems RackMount-AXmp comes pre-loaded with Solaris 2.6 or later and has an option of being integrated with an intelligent system control board which provides both audible and visual warnings should a fault occur with temperature, power supplies, or fans in conjunction with Raves newest product development, Pagemate. Pagemate is a remote error notification system designed exclusively to interface with Rave Systems rackmount products such as Rave Systems RackMount-AXi, Rave Systems Disk Array, and Rave Systems RackMount-AXmp. All Rave Systems feature original Sun motherboards.

I. G. – TATUNG BREAKS 400 MHZ BARRIER WITH NEW DUAL-PROCESSING SYSTEMS

Milpitas, CA–January 11, 1999–The COMPstation(r) U60-2400 is a new PCI-based, Sun Ultra 60-compatible system that utilizes two, 400 MHz UltraSPARC-II microprocessors from Sun Microsystems. As Tatung’s highest-performing dual-processing system, the U60-2400 is now shipping in both tower and rack-mount configurations. The tower supports high-performance graphics and Java-development applications, while the rack-mount models are tailored to meet the demanding needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), OEMs, and industrial, commercial and communications applications.

The COMPstation U60-2400 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 UPA slot is available for add-ons such as graphics cards. The system supports both Creator3D and Elite3D graphics technology to meet the complex needs of today’s MCAD/MCAE, EDA, software development, and high-end financial services markets.

Standard configurations include dual 400 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors; 128 MB of RAM; 9 GB of hard disk storage; and the Solaris 7 operating system pre-installed. Other standard features consist of Ultra Wide SCSI; two serial ports; one parallel port; and a 100-BaseT Ethernet interface. Tatung also offers the option of an add-on disk array storage subsystem on the COMPstation U60-2400RM. With hard disk capacity of 126 GB or more, this disk array makes the U60-2400RM robust enough to support departmental or small enterprise Internet or intranet applications.

The COMPstation(r) U2400 is a new SBus-based, Sun Ultra 2-compatible workstation that takes advantage of the newly released 400 MHz UltraSPARC-II microprocessor from Sun Microsystems. As part of Tatung’s COMPstation U2MP(tm) Series of Sun Ultra 2-compatible systems, the U2400 offers up to 2 GB of memory and features SMP capabilities. SMP, available as a standard feature, distributes the operating system and applications across multiple processors for faster execution. The COMPstation U2400 leverages the dual 64-bit UltraSPARC-II processors to deliver a performance of 17.7 SPECint_95* and 29.5 SPECfp_95*. The U2400 offers sophisticated functionality and high-performance graphics.

The COMPstation U2400 supports Creator3D graphics applications and gives users easy access to high functionality graphics and imaging APIs including Sun’s XIL, an imaging API for delivering powerful VIS (Visual Instruction Set) accelerated imaging and video functionality to applications and application developers. Users can also take advantage of OpenGL, the popular 3D graphics API for advanced graphics visualization applications.

Standard configurations include dual 400 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors; 128 MB of RAM; 9 GB of hard disk storage; the Solaris 7 operating system pre-installed; and Turbo GX graphics. Optional features consist of a 64-bit slot for Creator graphics cards; four SBus slots; two serial ports; one parallel port; a 10/100-BaseT Ethernet interface; and Fast-Wide SCSI. In addition to providing more processing power in a dual, 400 MHz configuration than Sun, Tatung differentiates its Ultra 2 systems from Sun’s with more drive capacity (up to 18 GB), which is made possible by four drive bays available for expansion peripherals. The bays can be outfitted with two, standard 3-1/2″ hard drives; one 5-1/4″ CD-ROM drive; and one 5-1/4″, 14 GB tape drive, or a 3-1/2″ floppy disk drive.

II. – SCD 1.1/2.1 TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the “SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD).” This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products. To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.



ADDITIONS (System Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
HCC Horizon U10 300 2.6 2.1 01-09-99
HCC Horizon U10 300 Creator 2.6 2.1 01-09-99
HCC Horizon U10-300 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 01-09-99
HCC Horizon U10-333 2.6 2.1 01-09-99
HCC Horizon U10-333 Creator 2.6 2.1 01-09-99
HCC Horizon U10-333 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 01-09-99
HCC Horizon U60-1300 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-1300 Creator 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-1300 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-1360 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-1360 Creator 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-1360 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-2300 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-2300 Creator 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-2300 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-2360 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-2360 Creator 2.6 2.1 01-25-99
HCC Horizon U60-2360 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 01-25-99

DELETIONS:
None at this time

SYSTEMS IN PROCESS:
None at this time

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

      

The December 1998 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products


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December 31, 1998

Issue No. 63

I. SPARC News……………!

II. SCD 1.1/2.1 TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

III. V8/V9 SCD TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

IV. PVT SPARC VERIFIED ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

V. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – TATUNG EXPANDS ENTRY-LEVEL, PCI-BASED WORKSTATION-LINE WITH NEW 360 MHZ ULTRA 10-COMPATIBLE SYSTEMS

Milpitas, CA–December 8, 1998– Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. (TSTI), celebrating more than ten years of commitment to the SPARC(R) systems market, today introduced the COMPstation U10-360, a new line of entry-level desktop workstations powered by the recently released 360 MHz UltraSPARC(R)-IIi microprocessor from Sun Microsystems. The U10-360 delivers more power at a more affordable price than the COMPstation U10-333, a 333 MHz Ultra 10-compatible system that Tatung released this past July. Tatung is further leveraging the 360 MHz UltraSPARC-IIi processor in a new series of rack-mountable systems that the company also introduced today. Designed to suit the needs of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), OEMs and industrial and communications applications, the COMPstation U10-360RM servers feature a compact, 19-inch rack-mountable chassis design. Tatung’s Highest Performing Ultra 10-Compatible.

With 2MB of external cache, the 360 MHz UltraSPARC-IIi microprocessor propels the COMPstation U10-360 system performance to a SPECint95 rating of 15.2* and a SPECfp95 rating of 19.9*.

“The COMPstation U10-360 is the highest performing of our Ultra 10-compatible systems, yet it also maintains tremendous configuration flexibility with the availability of both tower and rack-mountable systems,” said Kam Chan, president of TSTI.

The 64-bit processor supports five 32-bit PCI devices at 33 MHz to provide further flexibility. An additional 64-bit UPA slot is designed for vertical add-ons such as Creator and Elite 3D graphics cards. While incorporating the PCI I/O bus to offer users access to a host of peripherals, the COMPstation U10-360 also maintains full binary compatibility with the application software customers now use with their existing, SBus-based SPARC systems. No application changes are required in order for customers to continue to use the thousands of software programs available for the SPARC platform.

With industry standard components, the COMPstation U10-360 is designed so that memory and peripherals expansion is both easy and cost-effective. This suits the changing needs of users as well as OEMs. Supports Creator3D and Elite3D Graphics; Comes Pre-Installed With Solaris 7.

The COMPstation U10-360 is affordably priced yet also supports Creator3D and Elite3D graphics technology to meet the complex needs of today’s MCAD, EDA, animation, oil exploration, software development, and high-end financial services markets. It is ideal for cost-conscious users of these sophisticated 3D applications.

The system comes pre-installed with the recently announced Solaris 7 operating system from Sun. This new 64-bit operating environment offers full binary compatibility with previous releases of Solaris software but delivers enhanced performance and scalability. The COMPstation U10-360 gives users easy access to high performance and high functionality graphics and imaging APIs including Sun’s XIL, an imaging API for delivering powerful VIS (Visual Instruction Set) accelerated imaging and video functionality to applications and application developers. Users can also take advantage of OpenGL, the popular 3D graphics API for advanced graphics visualization applications. Five Drive Bays Support Diverse Peripheral Requirements.

The new rack-mountable, Ultra 10-compatible systems are designed to meet the needs of ISPs, OEMs and industrial and communications applications. The new COMPstation U10-360RM features a 360 MHz UltraSPARC-IIi CPU and is available in a 19-inch rack-mountable chassis design that fits into existing ISP server banks and adapts easily to OEM configurations. With a footprint that is 7″ high x 17.25″ wide x 18″ deep, the system’s space-saving design allows for easy vertical stacking. Front panel access to CD-ROM and floppy drives enables administrators to simplify upgrades and routine maintenance tasks.

The system features five drive bays suitable for two, standard 3-1/2″ hard drives (one inch thick); a 5-1/4″ CD-ROM drive; a 4- or 8mm tape drive; and a 3-1/2″ floppy drive. Optional Rack-Mountable RAID Storage Subsystem Boosts Disk Capacity up to 126 GB.

An add-on disk array storage subsystem available from Tatung as an option boosts hard disk capacity up to 126 GB and makes the COMPstation U10-360RM servers robust enough to support departmental or small enterprise Internet or Intranet applications.

Both the COMPstation U10-360 and the COMPstation U10-360RM are now available.

For more information, contact Tatung Science & Technology, Inc., 1840 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035, USA. Toll Free: +800-659-5902; e-mail: mkt@tsti.com; Web site www.tsti.com.

I. B. – INSIGNIA SIGNS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SUN MICROSYSTEMS TO EXTEND DEPLOYMENT OF JAVA IN EMBEDDED SYSTEMS MARKET

San Jose, CA–December 9, 1998– Insignia Solutions(R) (Nasdaq: INSGY), a leading provider of virtual machine technology, today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Sun Microsystems. The two companies will work towards an agreement giving Insignia immediate access to Sun’s source code for the Java(TM) platform, as well as set the stage for an official certification of the Embedded Virtual Machine(TM) (EVM(TM)), and JENE(TM), Insignia’s implementation of Java for embedded systems. Insignia will also include some key Java technologies from Sun, including certain Java class libraries, with JENE to help ensure compatibility. Official certification of JENE and EVM with Sun, coupled with a new level of technology sharing and compatibility assurance, will help expand JENE’s acceptance by a broader customer base and help extend the market for Java-based embedded systems.

“We are sharing our source code with companies and individuals committed to compatible implementations of the Java platform,” said Alan Baratz, president of Java Software at Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Insignia’s Embedded Virtual Machine(TM) and JENE development system provide a compliant implementation of the Java techonology for embedded systems development that will help Sun extend its presence in the embedded systems marketplace. The heart and soul of Sun’s new licensing model is to foster just this type of industry participation and innovation that will help make the Java platform the de facto industry computing standard.”

“This high level of cooperation with Sun means Insignia will be able to respond even faster to changes and innovations in the Java platform, as well as to changing customer needs,” said Richard Noling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Insignia Solutions. “Sun is to be applauded for this new licensing model, which provides a new level of compatibility within many different segments of the marketplace. Moreover, it puts Insignia in a better position to bring the benefits of our leading-edge EVM technology to the embedded systems marketplace sooner, and should mean greater revenue realization for both companies.”

Insignia Solutions is a leading provider of virtual machine technology that dynamically optimizes the use of available system resources. JENE, Insignia’s implementation of Java specifically designed for embedded systems, allows developers to create reliable, efficient and predictable embedded devices that are enabled by the Company’s Embedded Virtual Machine. The Company’s PC virtual machines, SoftWindows(TM) and RealPC(TM), enable Windows(R) and DOS applications to run on Macintosh(R) and UNIX(R) desktops. The publicly held Company’s US headquarters are in Fremont, California, and its main R&D facilities are in High Wycombe, England. Sales and Marketing departments are located in Fremont and High Wycombe.

I. C.- INSIGNIA’S IMPLEMENTATION OF JAVA FOR EMBEDDED BETA TESTERS INCLUDE FORTUNE 500 ELECTRONICS COMPANIES

San Jose, CA–December 1, 1998– Insignia Solutions(R) (Nasdaq: INSGY), a leading provider of virtual machine technology, today announced the initial market focus of its beta program that allows developers to begin testing JENE(TM), its implementation of Java(TM) for embedded systems. The company has signed developers of embedded devices ranging from networking equipment, PDAs, mass storage systems, and color printers. JENE and the Embedded Virtual Machine(TM) (EVM(TM)) offer potential benefits specific to many different industries represented in the Insignia beta program.

“We know there is a huge interest among developers for an implementation of Java that is suitable for embedded applications, and our beta testers are proving just how far this technology can reach,” said Richard Noling, President and Chief Executive Officer of Insignia Solutions. “The beta testers we’ve initially signed include Fortune 500 electronics companies that represent an extremely wide range of applications for embedded devices. So far, we have signed beta agreements with vendors of networking equipment, PDAs, mass storage systems, color printers, and various consumer electronics devices. This initial round bears out our belief that there is a huge pent-up demand by device makers to be able to use and take advantage of Java. And that’s what JENE offers them.”

Additional beta testers include manufacturers of color printers, scanners, copiers, fax machines, and various consumer electronics devices.

For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 1-800-848-7677 in the United States and +44 1429 855 020 in Europe, or visit the Company’s Web site at www.insignia.com.

I. D. -EMPRESS ACHIEVES FASTER PERFORMANCE WITH IN-MEMORY SPEEDUP

Greenbelt, MD–December 1, 1998– The EMPRESS RDBMS (Relational Database Management System) allows users to intermix main memory and disk storage mechanisms for all data management functions. Users have the ability to utilize EMPRESS completely in main-memory; or, users can select exactly which components of their Empress database they wish to store in memory and which they would like to store on disk depending on their own unique needs.

For developers of real-time applications who need to process information rapidly, working with EMPRESS in memory is ideal. Users can choose to put a whole Empress database, including all its tables and indices, in memory. In addition, applications, the database engine, utilities and libraries can reside entirely in memory. Via this method, information can be readily made available and manipulated in less time since access to information via in-memory is much faster than disk.

Alternatively, certain Empress components needed to perform specific processes can be placed in memory while others are accessed through disk. For example, relational database processing in EMPRESS can take place in memory while operations for data backup and recovery can be stored on disk. Through this method, database processing is quicker, but recovery of data, should the particular workstation fail or crash, is still well protected.

“Utilizing in-memory can be the key to optimizing performance and increasing speed within real-time applications which must process up-to-the minute data” states Empress Software President and CEO, John Kornatowski.

EMPRESS also features a small, compact database engine which requires less than 1MB of RAM itself for real-time developers. This small footprint, combined with the ability to operate totally in memory, delivers the necessary speed for an application managing time-critical information.

For more information about Empress, please call 1-301-220-1919. 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.

I. E. – GEAR’S UNIX MULTIMEDIA IS “MAKIN’ TRACKS” IN THE PROFESSIONAL CD-R MULTIMEDIA INDUSTRY

Jupiter, FL–December 9, 1998– GEAR Software, Inc. announces a revision to its professional leading-edge multimedia UNIX software package, upgrading it to a category of advanced mastering of CD-R technology to be marketed under the brand name “Makin’ Tracks Pro(tm)”. The upgraded UNIX Multimedia 3.51 version of GEAR’s Makin’ Tracks Pro line of products will ship January 1, 1999. Product enhancements include disc at once writing support for HP, Philips, Sony recorders and OEM’s; high reading speeds greater than 16 to support many new drives; and a “copy track” operation to read audio tracks as wave files.

A Windows Multimedia 4.4 version of Makin’ Tracks Pro is planned to join today’s announced UNIX version in mid-January 1999. This dual platform Makin’ Tracks Pro set will prove to be the most comprehensive CD-R software package for professionals. Makin’ Tracks Pro incorporates the latest CD-Recordable technology for Imaging, Mission Critical Archiving, CAD/CAM and Graphics Storage, Title Development, and Pre-master Testing. It will feature multiple recording capabilities, allowing the recording of multiple CDs onto one and will include plug-ins that will enable the user to download software, modify the existing program and copy multiple CDs at once. Both the UNIX and Windows platforms are Y2K compliant, and UNIX platform users can write to ISO 9660, ISO 9660 with RockRidge extensions, plus audio and video CDs.

GEAR Software will debut another product, Makin’ Tracks Suite for desktop customers in early 1999. The Makin’ Tracks Suite will bundle three of GEAR’s most popular products, GEAR(tm) Audio, GEAR(tm) Replicator and WebGrabber(tm) with a new archival product, GEAR(tm) Data. All GEAR products are bundled with a free trial version of Command AntiVirus(tm) (formerly F-PROT Professional), Command Software System’s cutting-edge anti-virus solution, best known for its virus detection and disinfection capabilities. NEATO MediaFace(tm) from NEATO LLC is also bundled with Makin’ Tracks Suite, enabling users to design customized, professional labels for their CD-R and replications.

For more information about GEAR Software and our Makin’ Tracks Pro and Makin’ Tracks Suite products, please visit our new Web site at www.gearcdr.com or you can reach us by telephone at 1-800-423-9147. Find out more about how GEAR is Makin’ Tracks!

I. F. – SOUTHLAND MICRO SYSTEMS OF IRVINE, CA HAS BEEN AWARDED THE SPARC VERIFIED® LOGO

Santa Clara, CA–December 23, 1998– Southland Micro Systems of Irvine, CA has been awarded the SPARC Verified® logo for Memory Modules which passed the Peripheral Verification Test (PVT) process. These include Models SMS 64MB-AXI and SMS 128MB-AXI for Sun SPARCengine Ultra AXi computers and compatibles. The DIMMS were tested under Solaris 7. Southland Micro Systems designs, manufactures and markets memory upgrades under rigorous ISO 9001 standards.

II. – SCD 1.1/2.1 TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the “SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD).” This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products. To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.



ADDITIONS (System Products):

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Hardware Canada Computing (HCC) Horizon 520-300 2.6 2.1 12-23-98
HCC Horizon 520-333 2.6 2.1 12-23-98
HCC Horizon 520-300 Creator 2.6 2.1 12-23-98
HCC Horizon 520-333 Creator 2.6 2.1 12-23-98
HCC Horizon 520-300 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 12-23-98
HCC Horizon 520-333 Creator3D 2.6 2.1 12-23-98
Tatung COMPstation U Series U10/360 7 2.1 12-23-98

DELETIONS: None at this time

SYSTEMS IN PROCESS: None at this time


III. – V8/V9 SCD TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

ADDITIONS: None at this time.

DELETIONS: None at this time.

SEMI-CONDUCTOR IN PROCESS: None at this time.

NOTE: At times, unannounced systems (“in process” or “certified”) may not be included in this report at the request of the vendor.


IV. – PVT SPARC VERIFIED ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

The SPARC Verified brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that the peripherals they want to use will work on the SPARC Compliant systems they target. This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Verified products.

ADDITIONS:

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Southland DRAM MODULE 64MB 3.3V 7 2.1 12-23-98
Southland DRAM MODULE 128MB 3.3V 7 2.1 12-23-98

DELETIONS: None at this time

IN PROCESS: None at this time

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

      

The November 1998 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

November 30, 1998

Issue No. 62

I. SPARC News……………!

II. TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – SUN ANNOUNCES 400Mhz and 450Mhz UltraSPARC-II(TM) MICROPROCESSORS

San Jose, CA–Nov. 2, 1998–Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the availability of samples of the 400 MHz version of the UltraSPARC(TM)-II microprocessor and the plans for the 450 MHz version to be available in the Spring of 1999. The new processors are proof of Sun’s commitment to its recently announced microprocessor roadmap – a roadmap taking the UltraSPARC microprocessor architecture into the next century.

Sun’s ability to continually deliver higher performance processors with industry-leading bandwidth that enables higher system throughput while maintaining binary compatibility has made the UltraSPARC(TM) architecture the leading choice for the server and workstation markets. This is demonstrated in recent reports from independent market research which indicate that Sun leads the market in workstation and servers shipments.

The performance boost to the 450 MHz and 400 MHz UltraSPARC-II chips is achieved by moving the design into Texas Instruments’ 0.25 micron process technology. The UltraSPARC-II microprocessor family now spans from 250MHz to 450 MHz. An UltraSPARC-II microprocessor, running at 450 MHz with 4 Mbytes of Level 2 cache is estimated to deliver a SPECint95 rating of 19.6 and a SPECfp95 rating of 27.1. UltraSPARC processors are the first line of chips to support the recently announced fully 64-bit Solaris(TM) 7 operating environment. As a result, users don’t have to wait to take full advantage of the performance, reliability and scalability delivered via the combination of a 64-bit operating system matched with a 64-bit processor.

Samples of the 400 MHz version of the UltraSPARC-II microprocessor are available today in a 4 Mbyte Level 2 cache configuration. When available in volume, the UltraSPARC-II processor at 400 MHz is expected to sell for $4,249 in 1,000 unit quantities. Pricing for the 450 MHz version will be announced when it is available in the Spring of 1999.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, “The Network Is The Computer(TM),” has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., to its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $10 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at www.sun.com.

I. B. – Red Hat Releases Linux 5.2

Research Triangle Park, NC–November 2, 1998–Simplified installation, Native Software RAID support, Apache 1.3 , GIMP 1.0, and the Application CD are among the features that mark Red Hat Software’s November 9 release of Red Hat Linux 5.2, a rock-solid update of Red Hat Software’s award-winning Red Hat Linux Operating System.

The release of Red Hat Linux 5.2 builds on the momentum generated by the support of key industry players. Technology leaders like Oracle, Sybase, Informix, Computer Associates and Corel Computer Corporation lend instant credibility to the Red Hat Linux Operating System.

Said Bob Young, President and CEO, Red Hat Software, Inc.,”The ease-of-use features of Red Hat Linux 5.2 coincide with the incredible support by industry leaders of the Linux development model. Right now, our momentum is absolutely contingent on our ability to best advance the technology according to the demands of the industry. With Red Hat Linux 5.2, we are bringing to market an installation class that is the answer to enterprise-level demands.”

For more information about Red Hat Software and Red Hat products and technologies, please call +-919-547-0012 or visit our web site at www.redhat.com.

I. C. FUJITSU MICROELECTRONICS SETS JAVA-SPARCLITE(TM) COMBINATION FOR OEMS DEVELOPING INTERNET APPLIANCES

San Jose, CA–Nov. 3, 1998–Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc. (FMI) will demonstrate the industry’s first business Java(TM) port to an embedded application at this year’s Embedded Systems Conference at the San Jose Convention Center.

FMI has ported business Java to a new board built around Fujitsu’s MB86832 SPARClite(TM) processor and bundled into its new J-StarterKit, designed for customers using SPARC in Internet appliances to get Java up and running and quickly as possible. The J-StarterKit demonstration will be at FMI?s booth (1416) at the conference.

“This new port and board enable dramatic reductions in the time required to build a Java-based appliance,” said Basheer Ahmed, director of marketing for the Embedded Processor Products at FMI. “The J-StarterKit, which is the feature of our technology demonstration, allows OEMs to use SPARClite and Java to build the new generations of appliances that are connected to the Internet. These appliances include printers, fax machines and communication devices that represent the future of Internet functionality.” Peripherals include video, graphic, keyboards, mice and other basic computer functions. As drivers become available for Java, other functions will be added.

The demo will use web pages and will execute Java applets. The J-StarterKit will provide what Ahmed defined as a “jump start” for development programs. Ahmed added that the Business Java port is the first in a complete program at Fujitsu to make all forms of Java available on SPARClite processors, including embedded and personal Javas for embedded and hand-held applications.

Fujitsu Microelectronics, Inc. (FMI) designs, manufactures and markets a comprehensive portfolio of advanced semiconductors and electronic devices. For product information, please call 1-800-866-8608 or visit the company web site at www.fujitsumicro.com.

I. D. – INSIGNIA SOLUTIONS TEAMS WITH VIOSOFT TO INTEGRATE JAVA TECHNOLOGIES FOR EMBEDDED DEVELOPERS

San Jose, CA–November 3, 1998–Insignia Solutions(R), a leading provider of virtual machine technology, today announced a third party relationship with VioSoft, a provider of software tools designed to meet the specific needs of developers of embedded systems. As part of the relationship, selected VioSoft developer tools will be integrated with JENE(TM), Insignia’s implementation of Java for embedded systems, unveiled today at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, California.

JENE, a Java environment for embedded systems, is comprised of JENE(TM)Runtime and JENe(TM)Suite. JENERuntime consists of the highly configurable Embedded Virtual Machine(TM) (EVM(TM)) and JENE(TM)Class, embedded class libraries. JENESuite consists of JENE(TM)Build, build-time tools for editing, compiling and browsing Java applications, and JENE(TM)Debug, runtime debug utilities, including an event monitor, memory use analyzer, code coverage analyzer and performance profiler.

“Java is clearly the most desirable language for developing embedded systems, but a complete Java environment has not yet been available for resource constrained embedded designs,” said Ronald C. Workman, Insignia’s senior vice president of marketing. “VioSoft has done a great job of creating tools specifically for the needs of embedded developers that interface smoothly with Insignia’s Embedded Virtual Machine using standard Java debug interfaces.

Insignia Solutions Insignia Solutions is a leading provider of virtual machine technology that dynamically optimizes the use of available system resources. JENE, Insignia’s implementation of Java specifically designed for embedded systems, allows developers to create reliable, efficient and predictable embedded devices that are enabled by the Company’s Embedded Virtual Machine. The Company’s PC virtual machines, SoftWindows and RealPC(TM), enable Windows(R) and DOS applications to run on Macintosh and UNIX(R) desktops. The publicly held Company’s US headquarters are in Fremont, California, and its main R&D facilities are in High Wycombe, England.

I. E. – METROWERKS’ CODEWARRIOR TO SUPPORT INSIGNIA SOLUTIONS’ EMBEDDED VIRTUAL MACHINE™

San Jose, CA–November 3, 1998–Metrowerks, Inc., (today announced its CodeWarrior Java tools integrated with Insignia Solutions embedded virtual machine, EVM, will be available to customers of JENE, Insignia’s implementation of JAVA(TM) designed specifically for embedded systems. The EVM is a key component of JENE. The CodeWarrior tools for the EVM will feature the award-winning CodeWarrior Integrated Development Environment, which includes editors, browsers, compilers, assemblers, linkers and debuggers, all in one convenient package.

The CodeWarrior-JENE bundle will be available from Insignia Solutions in the first calendar quarter of 1999.

Sales and Marketing departments are located in Fremont and High Wycombe. For additional information on Insignia and its products, call 800/848-7677 in the United States and +44(0)1628 539 570 in Europe, or visit the Company’s Web site at www.insignia.com.

Metrowerks, the Metrowerks logo and CodeWarrior are registered trademarks of Metrowerks Inc. All other company and product names may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies/holders, and are hereby recognized.

I. F. – HAL COMPUTER SYSTEMS, INC. INTRODUCES FUJITSU SPARC(TM) SMP SERVERS

Campbell, CA–November 4, 1998–HAL Computer Systems, Inc., a Fujitsu Ltd. subsidiary, today announced the Fujitsu GP7000/GP7000F family of SPARC(TM) servers for North America. The GP7000 is available now with the GP7000F scheduled to be available in early 1999. The GP7000/GP7000F servers use the Sun Solaris(TM) operating system and are fully compatible with Sun Catalyst(TM) applications. With Fujitsu’s added RAS (Reliability, Accessibility and Serviceability) features, these aggressively priced systems offer excellent price/performance for mission critical applications.

The GP7000 Model 200 is an entry-level server that can be easily upgraded to dual 300 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors, 4 gigabytes of memory and 8 internal disk drives. The Model 400 supports up to four processors and the Model 600 up to eight processors. All multi-processor configurations are SMP (symmetric multi-processing) and can handle a wide range of SBus devices, RAID and networking connections. The Model 600 can be configured with up to 8 gigabytes of memory and 22 internally housed hard disk drives. Early in the first quarter of 1999, 360 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors will be available as upgrades for selected models.

The GP7000F features a PCI device bus, scales to eight processors, and is equipped with enhanced RAS features. Building on RAS features found in all GP7000 models, the GP7000F offers an advanced SCF (system control facility) that monitors the system status, reporting potential failures and malfunctions. Hot-swap tape and disk drives, dual hot-swap power supplies and the use of ECC protection for both main memory and cache, make the GP7000F ideally suited for mission critical applications.

The GP7000F will use the new Fujitsu SPARC64-GP(TM) superscalar, super-pipelined processor designed and manufactured by Fujitsu. The SPARC64(TM)-GP packs 17.6 million transistors on a 240-millimeter die. At 272 MHz, the highly efficient GP7000F delivers 17.6 SPECint95 (estimated), 26.6 SPECfp95 (estimated) and 816 MFLOPS (million floating-point operations per second). The GP7000F can be upgraded beginning in mid-1999 with processors up to 300 MHz and supporting level 2 cache up [Image]to 8 megabytes. In the future Fujitsu will offer faster SPARC64(TM)-GP processors, larger SMP configurations, enhanced High Availability features, and high performance interconnect technology that will support System Area Networks.

The GP7000F is fully compatible with Sun Catalyst(TM) listed SPARC(TM) /Solaris applications. A suite of application development tools, including compilers, libraries and code management applications is available for the entire GP7000 family.

HAL Computer Systems, Inc. www.hal.com is the master reseller for the Fujitsu GP7000 family of SPARC/Solaris SMP (synchronous multi-processor) servers in North America. HAL’s Microprocessor Division designs advanced 64-bit SPARC V9 technology for Fujitsu’s SMP servers. HAL’s FJST Business Unit www.fjst.com developed the Synfinity Interconnect, an innovative, high-speed multi-SMP ccNUMA technology for large-scale system area networks.

I. G. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. HELPS GLOBAL INTERNET CACHING SERVICES STARTUP TAKE OFF

Sterling Heights, MI–November10, 1998–Mirror Image Internet is a leading provider of comprehensive caching services that can double the performance of their customers’ existing cache investments. To increase the speed of Internet downloads, relieve bandwidth bottlenecks and ensure content freshness for Internet Service Providers and corporations, Mirror Image deploys large Central Caches worldwide that serve as community content servers, enabling subscribers to bypass congestion at key Internet exchange points. The company’s revolutionary open caching solution requires no new hardware, installation or maintenance, enhancing the performance of caching platforms from numerous vendors.

For this purpose, Mirror Image Internet has successfully deployed more than seven Rave Systems RackMount-AXi systems globally as integral parts of their Central Cache architecture, and has completed the initial trial testing of the Rave Systems RackMount-AXmp. The RM-AXi are the platforms for which Mirror Image Internet is serving millions of web requests faster, improving ISPs and corporations network performance, and delivering in total up to 75% of all web requests regionally or locally. The RM- AXi provides Mirror Image Internet with the ability to scale to supporting millions of end users, and storing terabytes of web content.

Rave Computer is also on the cutting edge of providing hardware solutions for customers. The recent introduction of the Rave Web Caching solution has been developed as a Mirror Image Internet Central Cache ready local caching appliance. The local cache from Rave is supported by the Mirror Image Internet Central Cache. With a simple 10 minute configuration change on the Rave Systems RM-AXi web cache, a 25-35% additional cache hit rate can be delivered from a Mirror Image Central Cache. Combining the hardware with the Central Cache Service offers a total caching solution.

More details about Rave Computer Association, Inc. can be found on their web site at www.rave.net or by calling +800-966-7283.

I. H. RED HAT SOFTWARE, INC. NAMES NEW PRESIDENT

Research Triangle Park, NC–November 13, 1998–Red Hat Software, Inc. announced today that Matthew Szulik will join the company as President and Chief Operating Officer. Bob Young will remain as the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. With 21 years of technology industry experience, Szulik, a native of Massachusetts, has helped build leading technology companies, including MapInfo, the Troy N.Y.-based mapping software company. Most recently he has been President of Relativity Software, a successful and fast-growing enterprise software company based in Cary, NC. Red Hat Chairman and CEO Bob Young said, “This is a time of enormous growth for Red Hat Software. Red Hat Linux is gaining increasing momentum, resulting in increasing demand for our enterprise computing services. Bringing successful, experienced executives like Matthew into Red Hat is important to our future success and growth.”

II. TESTING ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND PRODUCTS IN PROCESS

The SPARC Compliant brand, awarded by SPARC International, assures end users that systems so branded will work with any other product branded to the same level of the “SPARC Compliant Definition (SCD).” This list, updated monthly, includes changes made to the master list of SPARC Compliant products.
To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.

SCD TESTING:
ADDITIONS:

Company & Product Name O/S SCD DATE
Sun Ultra 5 Model 270-PGX24 Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Sun Enterprise Ultra 5S (270Mhz) Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Ultra 5 Model 333 – PGX24 Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Sun Enterprise Ultra 5S (333MhZ) Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Ultra 10 Model 333 – PGX24 Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Ultra 10 Model 333 – Creator Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Ultra 10 Model 333 – Creator3D Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Sun Enterprise Ultra 10S Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98
Ultra 10 Model 360 – Elite3D m3 Solaris 7 2.1 11-11-98

DELETIONS: None at this time

IN PROCESS: None at this time

V8/V9 Testing:
ADDITIONS:

Sun UltraSPARC-II Model: STP1032BLGA-360 (Sapphire-Black 360Mhz) 11-16-98
Sun UltraSPARC-II Model: STP1032BLGA-400 (Sapphire-Black 400Mhz) 11-16-98
Sun UltraSPARC-IIi Model: SME1430LGA-360 (Sapphire-Red 360Mhz) 11-16-98
Sun UltraSPARC-IIi Model: SME1430LGA-440 (Sapphire-Red 440Mhz) 11-16-98
Sun UltraSPARC-IIi Model: SME1430LGA-480 (Sapphire-Red 480Mhz) 11-16-98
HAL SPARC64-III Model:MBCS70301 11-20-98

DELETIONS: None at this time.

IN PROCESS: None at this time.
PVT Testing:
ADDITIONS: None at this time.

DELETIONS: None at this time.

IN PROCESS: None at this time.
NOTE: At times, unannounced systems (“in process” or “certified”) may not be included in this report at the request of the vendor.

III. SPARCSHOP

SPARC-related documents are available through SPARC International’s bookstore, SPARCSHOP. Access to SPARCSHOP is available several ways,

  1. email sparcshop@sparc.org
  2. phone us at 1-408-748-9111 x240

Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 $55.00
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
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.1, 2.1A) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3/2.3 IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4) $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers Manual $56.00
SPARC Strategy and Technology Catalog $39.00

SPARC-FLASH is distributed by SPARC International. All rights reserved.

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

Direct Inquiries To – sparc-flash-request@sparc.org

SPARC International promotes the design, development and application of SPARC to computer and peripheral products; establishes hardware and software standards; enables compatibility across SPARC-branded products; and provides, promotes and protects SPARC and SPARC-related brand names.

SPARC International has verified to the best of its ability all of the product information contained in this newsletter. Information in this newsletter has been provided by the vendors. SPARC International has not reviewed claims made about product features or functions, and is not responsible for the accuracy of such claims. Users may want to obtain references, documentation, and/or demonstrations before purchasing any products or services. No vendor is authorized to act as an agent of SPARC International, or to make any representations or warranties on SPARC International’s behalf.

The following are Registered® Trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.:

SPARC® SPARCbook® SPARCenter® SPARC Compliant®
SPARC Compliant SCD & Design® embedSPARC® SPARC International® SoundSPARC®
SPARClite® SPARCprinter® SPARCserver® SPARCstation®
UltraSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven® SPARC Storage® SPARCworks®
MicroSPARC® microSPARC® SuperSPARC® SPARC (Stylized)®
SPARCcompiler® SPARCphone® ftSPARC® hyperSPARC®
SPARCluster® SPARCsummit® SPARC64® SPARC64/OS®
SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
SPARCluster 1® SPARCplug® SPARCtop® SPARK®
TurboSPARC® UltraSPARC Driven & Design® UltraSPARC Driven & Design (Logo)® UniSPARC®

Other Trademarks that are in use or Pending Registration include:

SPARCstation SPARC811 SPARCbuilders SPARCard
SPARC Compatible SPARC Compliance SPARC-FLASH SPARC Technology
SPARClet SPARCtop SPARC V9 SPARCbuilders
SunSPARC SPARC Product Directory SPARCshop SPARC Technology Business
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit SPARC Power
SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
ConsumerSPARC SPARCV9 SPARC_V9 SPARC Verified
SPARC Verification SPARCware SPARKit EuroSPARC


Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product names, trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.