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SUN Is Undisputed UNIX Server Market Leader — Shipped More Systems Than HP, IBM and COMPAQ Combined

IDC Report Reveals Sun Leads in UNIX Server Shipments for Record 14th Quarter, Doubles Growth in Total Server Market

Palo Alto, CA
December 13, 2000

Sun Microsystems, Inc. continued its commanding lead over HP, IBM and Compaq in the UNIX server market. Sun led the total UNIX server market in both shipments and revenue — and for the second quarter in a row, Sun shipped more servers than HP, IBM and Compaq COMBINED.

According to International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Q3CY00 Server Tracker Report, the tally shows that Sun registered 48 percent market share of the worldwide UNIX server shipments — shipping more than three times as many servers as HP, nearly four times as many as Compaq and almost five times that of IBM. Sun has been named the No. 1 vendor in total UNIX server shipments for a record 14th consecutive quarter. Sun also continued its leadership in worldwide UNIX server revenue with 39 percent marketshare – HP, IBM and Compaq posted 23 percent, 16 percent and nine percent respectively.

The total UNIX server market recorded substantial growth in both revenue and units — 20 percent*. This is a testament to Sun’s success in the market as Sun posted stellar growth year over year — beating all vendors with 100 percent growth in shipments and 63 percent growth in revenue.

Sun also posted outstanding growth in the total server market — 100 percent in units and 63 percent in revenue. Sun overtook HP and Compaq, moving from fourth to second overall, in revenue in the total market.

“The IDC report shows that the Sun Enterprise[tm] and Netra[tm] server lines are clear winners with customers — no recounts necessary and no dimpled, pregnant or hanging chads,” said Shahin Khan, vice president of marketing for Sun’s systems products. “The UNIX server market is growing and Sun is the driving force. The competitors that did show growth posted numbers against an easy compare — a down quarter they atttributed to “Y2K”. This data is evidence of the continued success of Sun’s focus — SPARC[tm] and Solaris[tm]. Customers vote with their dollars and they continue to choose Sun.”

The Numbers – Pure and Simple

Entry-level Category

  • First place in worldwide UNIX server market with $1,179M in revenue (44 percent market share); first place in worldwide UNIX server market with 88,108 units shipped (49 percent market share). In units, HP claimed 13 percent, Compaq 13 percent and IBM 10 percent
  • In the worldwide total server market, Sun posted 109 percent quarter-to-quarter growth in units shipped; Dell grew 31 percent, IBM grew 30 percent, Compaq 15 percent, HP managed 4 percent growth. In revenue, Sun jumped to second on 43 percent growth.

Midrange Category

  • First place in worldwide UNIX server market with 8,110 units shipped (43 percent market share); HP shipped 5,182 units (27 percent share), IBM shipped 1,927 (10 percent share), Compaq 1,676 (nine percent share).
  • Neck and neck with HP in worldwide UNIX server revenue — Sun had $902M in revenue (27 percent share), while HP had $942M (29 percent share); IBM posted $739M (23 percent share) and Compaq $291M (nine percent share).
  • First place in worldwide total server market with 8,110 units shipped (35 percent market share)

High-end Category

  • First place in worldwide UNIX server market with $750M in revenue (56 percent market share); first place in worldwide UNIX server market with 723 units shipped (63 percent market share) IBM came in with $190M in revenue on 80 units, HP had $147 revenue, 158 units.
  • First place in worldwide total server market in units shipped (723), 36 percent market share.

About the Sun Server Family

The Sun Enterprise server family is the industry’s only single, binary-compatible product line featuring a range of servers that scale from one to 64 processors — providing customers with flexibility, investment protection and an unparalleled growth path. Designed for workgroup, departmental and data center computing environments, the Sun Enterprise server family provides an ideal platform for a variety of applications, including enterprise resource planning, electronic commerce, data warehousing, Internet/Intranet and customer management systems.

The Netra server family builds on the reliability and scalablity Sun systems are known for — adding physical and computing features needed to operate in extreme environmental conditions. The carrier-grade line of systems is popular in the telco market. In addition, the small profile and rackability of many of the systems, make them ideal for service providers.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision – The Network Is The Computer[tm] — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to dot-com their businesses. With $17.6 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at www.sun.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Enterprise, Netra, Solaris and “The Network Is The Computer” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc., in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd.

      

SUN’s McNealy: Uptime is All That Matters

Lake Buena Vista, FL
October 17, 2000

Sun Microsystems Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW – news) CEO Scott McNealy used the occasion of this morning’s “Mastermind Interview” at the Gartner Group’s IT Expo to hint at good news due tomorrow in Sun’s quarterly financial call.

Responding to a Gartner executive’s question here about fol low-on servers to Sun’s UltraSPARC II, which was described as “long in the tooth,” McNealy quipped, “Our earnings tomorrow will show how long in the tooth it is.” He also said that Sun gre w 42 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter, at the same time acknowledging the long backlog of orders that remain unfulfi lled. “We have to get the lead times down,” he said.

Overall, McNealy on Tuesday advanced Sun’s agenda to create Internet products that are simple for customers to buy and install, removing the requirement that they act as their own system integrators.

In promoting the idea behind Sun’s “Web tone” switch, he said, “I’d love to see our marketeers create one product,” with a small, medium and large option that combines all the functions necessary to bring telephone switch-like reliabili ty to a “BFWTS — a big freaking Web tone switch,” he quipped, taking a shot at Cisco Systems Inc.’s (Nasdaq:CSCO – news) internal code name for its high-performance router, dubbed the BFR (for big fast router).

“You can’t make five nines dial tone with a mix and match environment,” McNealy said, referring to system dependabilit y. He went on to describe Sun’s single-minded focus on a limite d product set that can be easily implemented by customers. He also described a project for America Online Inc. (NYSE:AOL – news) in which Sun created a “Web pod” that integrated all the functions AOL wanted and was able to have it running in 3 hours. ‘One throat to choke’

McNealy also took shots at Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HWP – news) and other competitors that are moving increasingly into the service provider space. “We’re not competing with our own systems integrators,” McNealy asserted. “Of the majo r computer platforms, we’re the only ones not competing with systems integrators.”

At the same time, Sun is working to ensure that multiple vendors’ software works well together on Sun hardware platfo rms by testing configurations and then certifying them for custo mers. And the company has implemented support programs that offer a single point of contact to resolve issues involving each of those elements. Customers want “one throat to choke” when when there’s a problem, McNealy said.

“Our goal is to get dial-tone ready,” he said. “We want to get to the point where mail is just a feature.” Sun systems should be massively scaleable, integrated and highly availab le. “It’s an incredible engineering problem, but that’s all we do,” he said.

In response to questions about Sun’s increasing moves into software, McNealy said, “Software’s a feature, not an indust ry. I have a million lines of code in my cell phone. There are hundreds of microprocessors in a car today. When was the las t time you bought left blinker software?” he joked. Addressing the IT audience, he said, “You all want a system that is sea mless, is secure and is integrated all the way back to the SPARC.”

McNealy also addressed quality issues and described ongoing work within Sun to create a sense of urgency about high avai lability in Sun systems. He used eBay’s recent 22-hour outage as an example of how he believes Sun must work with customers to achieve high availability.

“We’re paying people for uptime,” he said. “The only thing that really matters is uptime, uptime, uptime, uptime and uptime. I want to get it down to a handful of times you migh t want to bring a Sun computer down in a year. I’m spending all my time with employees to get this design goal” at the forefront of their thinking. Any dark clouds?

As for Sun’s embrace of “dot.com” in its marketing and the possibility of a dot.com backlash, McNealy said Sun is targe ting old economy companies moving into e-commerce as well as conv ergence, at the same time emphasizing that a tremendous amount of ven ture funding is still pouring into Silicon Valley startups. “Half of that goes to marketing, and the other half to us,” he dea dpanned. Addressing the potential threat to Sun posed by Microsoft Corp.’s (Nasdaq:MSFT – news) .Net initiative, McNealy said, “We’re trying to respond to what’s achievable. To me, .Net could be the next SAA,” he said, referring to a large-scale IBM software unification initiative that failed. Sun’s strat egy, he argued, is to embrace open interfaces. “We made Java open like it ought to be,” he said.

Nor is Sun threatened by Intel Corp.’s (Nasdaq:INTC – news) IA-64 processor, McNealy asserted, in response to questions about that chip’s imminent arrival in the market. He also played down privacy issues on the Internet, saying that onli ne is more secure than the real world, where access to medical and bank records is widely available. “The right regulation is market discipline,” he said.

      

The July 2000 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

July 31, 2000

Issue No. 82

I. SPARC NEWS

  1. NEW BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S REPRESENTATIVE FROM DATARAM CORPORATION

  2. REBEL.COM INTRODUCES EXPANDED INTERNET SECURITY CAPABILITIES IN NETWINDER OFFICESERVER 2.0

  3. FORCE ANNOUNCES THE ‘RUNNING WITH FORCE’ THIRD-PARTY ALLIANCE PROGRAM

  4. THEMIS COMPUTER’s UltraSPARC USPIIi-1V TAKES 40 G’S PASSING A SERIES OF SHOCK AND VIBRATION TESTS, EXCEEDING Mil STANDARD 810E REQUIREMENTS!

  5. RAVE ANNOUNCES THEY WILL MANUFACTURE, INTEGRATE, AND SUPPLY LINUX SOLUTIONS ON SPARC PLATFORM

  6. RAVE COMPUTER ENJOYS INCREASED SALES REVENUE IN SECOND QUARTER

  7. DATARAM UNVEILS MEMORY FOR SILICON GRAPHICS TM NEWEST WINDOWS TMNT AND LINUX TM WORKSTATIONS

II. V-9 ARCHITECTURE CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN JULY

III.SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – NEW BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S REPRESENTATIVE FROM DATARAM CORPORATION

July 25, 2000–SPARC International is pleased to announce the position of Paul Tarantino from Dataram Corporation on our Board of Directors. Paul’s participation in the SPARC International Board will give him and Dataram the opportunity to make a real contribution in promoting SPARC(R) as the industry’s most successful microprocessor architecture.

Paul Tarantino, a native of West Windsor, NJ, received his degree in Philosophy from Villanova University in 1993. After graduation, Paul spent 3 years as a volunteer working for various charity and non-profit organizations throughout the world. His work experience lead him to remote regions of South America, the Caribbean, Europe and a Navajo reservation in Arizona. For the last 5 years he has worked for Dataram Corporation as Account Manager and his most recent position, Marketing Manager.

Dataram [NASDAQ: DRAM] is a publicly traded company founded in 1967, with revenues of $109 million for the fiscal year 2000. Dataram is a leading provider of gigabyte memory products for netwrok servers, including Sun Microsystems. For more information about Dataram visit their web site located at; www.dataram.com.


I. B. – REBEL.COM INTRODUCES EXPANDED INTERNET SECURITY CAPABILITIES IN NETWINDER OFFICESERVER 2.0

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada–July 13, 2000–Rebel.com Inc., a leading supplier of business networking technologies and solutions, today announced the availability of NetWinder OfficeServer 2.0. This all-in-one Internet server appliance now offers customers virtual private networking (VPN) for both remote users and distributed or branch offices. VPN software encrypts the data being sent from a remote computer to the NetWinder OfficeServer over the Internet. This ensures that any corporate e-mails, file transfers, and other data cannot be read by other people on the Internet. With VPN software, users can go anywhere in the world, connect to an ISP, and securely access their company’s Local Area Network (LAN), right over the Internet.

“NetWinder OfficeServer 2.0 is an extremely comprehensive upgrade from previous versions of our OfficeServer product,” said Michael Mansfield, president of Rebel.com. “We have greatly improved the security capabilities of the product, have included VPN capabilities from top-of-the-line partners, and have incorporated a firewall generator which is very easy for customers to manage. In short, we have ensured that this product includes all of the features which small and medium sized businesses are looking for in an Internet server appliance product.”

NetWinder OfficeServer 2.0 meets a comprehensive range of e-business needs such as, Internet security, Web site hosting, business-class Internet and e-mail access, and the ability to share computing resources. For more information contact Rebel.com’s Santa Clara, California location and ask for Todd Bablinskas, Email: todd.bablinskas@rebel.com, Phone: 408-748-8402 or 7648, Fax: 408-748-9777.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Rebel.com is a leading provider of business networking technology and solutions. CEO, Mac Brown has been a member on SPARC International’s Board of Directors since 1998. For more information visit their web site www.rebel.com.


I. C. – FORCE ANNOUNCES THE ‘RUNNING WITH FORCE’ THIRD-PARTY ALLIANCE PROGRAM

Partnership with Key Embedded Systems Vendors Offers Faster Time-to-Market, Broadest Range of Solutions for Communications Equipment Manufacturers

San Jose, CA–July 31, 2000–Force Computers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Solectron Corporation’s technology solutions business unit (NYSE:SLR) and a leader in embedded computing, today announced the “Running with Force” third-party alliance program to supply communications equipment manufacturers with the broadest range of embedded solutions and to speed time-to-market. This Force program will enable OEMs to obtain products from major industry vendors to streamline implementations. “Force proactively partners with leading software and hardware vendors to provide customers with the widest range of configuration options available,” said Torsten Ballentin, Force’s corporate director of strategic marketing. “Proactive partnering is essential to ensuring seamless integration of embedded solutions and speeding time-to-market. We have established the Running with Force program to align ourselves with key embedded systems vendors to provide these solutions to our customers.”

Compatible technologies and seamless integration across a wide array of products
Customers of Force will benefit from this new program by having the peace of mind that hardware and software offered by the company and its partners provide compatibility and seamless integration across a wide array of products. Force hardware partners include leading vendors of CompactPCI-, VME-, PCI-, PCI/ISA- and PMC-compatible networking cards, DSPs and graphics cards, allowing Force to concentrate on its strengths in powerful single board computers and robust chassis. The company also partners with all leading embedded operating system (OS) vendors including LynuxWorks, Microsoft, MontaVista, Sun and Wind River Systems. Other key partners include Trillium Digital Systems for telecommunications protocol software and Natural MicroSystems Corp. (Nasdaq:NMSS) and Dialogic for computer telephony solutions. All Force partners can be viewed at www.forcecomputers.com/3rdparty.htm. “Natural MicroSystems recognizes the broad range of integrated capabilities and time-to-market advantages that the Running with Force program imparts to communications equipment manufacturers,” said Allen Carney, vice president of marketing, Natural MicroSystems. “We look forward to partnering with Force in this ground-breaking alliance for OEMs.”

Bringing innovation to embedded applications
Through the Running with Force program, communications OEMs have access to cutting-edge technology for embedded applications. Force was an early adopter of the Linux operating system for embedded systems and in partnership offers it as an option to its customers. For example, Force and embedded Linux OS provider MontaVista Software Inc. partnered in 1999 to bring open-source software to the embedded market. “Force clearly demonstrates its technological leadership by recognizing the value that open-source Linux brings to the embedded community,” said James Ready, president of MontaVista. “By partnering with Force, we can deliver open-source software solutions to the worldwide embedded market.”

Teamwork leverages specialized capabilities of partner companies
Force has gathered some of the most influential companies in the embedded computing market under one banner-the Running with Force pennant-including Trillium Digital Systems. Through this program, customers tap a valuable reservoir of complementary, leading-edge technologies, which provides a more powerful solution for embedded applications than they could gather alone. By teaming with the Running with Force program, customers receive the specialized services of alliance member companies, allowing them to leverage core competencies and rely on outsource partners for tasks that can be done more efficiently and effectively than in-house, such as custom board design. “Trillium and Force have a tradition of working together on synergistic software/hardware solutions for the embedded market,” said Frank Morese, vice president -marketing, Trillium Digital Systems. “For example, Force’s revolutionary StackWare(tm) telecommunications protocols were based on our protocol software. By joining Force’s third-party alliance, we’ll work together more closely to offer value-added products.”

About Force Computers
Force Computers www.forcecomputers.com was founded in 1981 and is a leading designer and worldwide supplier of standard and custom systems and board-level computer platforms and services for the embedded market. The processor-independent company helps its customers develop embedded applications based on Alpha, MIPS, Pentium(r), PowerPC(tm), PowerQUICC(tm), SPARC(r), StrongARM and 68K(tm) technologies, for embedded UNIX(r), Linux(tm), Windows NT(r) and real-time applications. Force supports VME, CompactPCI(r), PCI, PCI/ISA and PMC bus architectures, as well as custom form factors. An ISO 9001 certified company, Force Computers practices Total Quality Management principles in all phases of the company’s global operations. The company, along with its parent company, Solectron Corporation, is the 1997 winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Manufacturing. Force’s corporate headquarters and Asia Pacific headquarters is located in San Jose, California. Force’s European headquarters is located in Munich, Germany.

All brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.


I. D. – THEMIS COMPUTER’s UltraSPARC USPIIi-1V TAKES 40 G’S PASSING A SERIES OF SHOCK AND VIBRATION TESTS, EXCEEDING Mil STANDARD 810E REQUIREMENTS!

Fremont, CA–July 5, 2000–Themis Computer announces that its USPIIi-1V UltraSPARC 440 MHz single board VMEbus computer successfully passed high-level shock and vibration tests.

Testing to the military standard 810E method 514.4, the USPIIi-1V has performed under shock and vibration loads that exceed the requirements for basic transportation and ground mobile environments. The shock tests included powered up, functional tests performed to flight and ground equipment standards, subjecting the USPIIi-1V to shock loads in excess of 40g’s on three axis, for a duration of 11 ms.

These tests were exercised under both non-operating and operating conditions, three or more times in both directions, along each of three orthogonal axis. The transportation tests simulate product vibrations resulting from the interaction of vehicle suspension and structures with road and surface discontinuities, when products are transported from manufacturer to user installation. The ground based mobile tests simulate the vibration spectrum of a helicopter, exposing the USPIIi-1V to increased levels of vibration, at higher frequencies.

Once again Themis Computer leads the way with mission critical compute engines with proven ruggedization to withstand extreme conditions and provide the most powerful UltraSPARC processor performance for the most demanding applications.

THEMIS COMPUTER is the leading world-wide supplier of both UltraSPARC VMEbus single board computers and rugged systems. The company provides total solutions, including software and technical support for all products.

For more information, please contact THEMIS COMPUTER US, 3185 Laurelview Court, Fremont, California 94538. Phone. (510) 252-0870. Fax: (510) 490-5529. Email: sales@themis.com. WWW: www.themis.com. In Europe contact, THEMIS COMPUTER EUROPE, 20, rue du Tour de l’Eau, 38400 Saint Martin d’Heres, France. Phone: 33.476.59.60.46 Fax: 33.476.63.00.30.


I. E. -RAVE ANNOUNCES THEY WILL MANUFACTURE, INTEGRATE, AND SUPPLY LINUX SOLUTIONS ON SPARC PLATFORM

Sterling Heights, MI–July 11, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc., announced at the ISPCom Conference in Orlando, Florida, that they will integrate SPARC based platforms for customers building a Linux operating environment. Rave Computer now sells its Rave Systems workstations and servers through their established U.S. market. Rave continues to offer customers Sun’s Solaris operating environment.

“Rave Computer Association allows Linux customers to take advantage of the reliability, scalability, and performance offered by a SPARC processor-based system at an affordable price,” says Bev LeBoeuf, director of marketing for Rave Computer Association. “In certain applications where customers have used Linux, education and Internet service, they can now run on the 64-bit UltraSPARC processor.”

Rave Computer offers three platform solutions of Sun’s SPARCengine Ultra AX family with Linux as an operating system. The SPARC driven systems are integrated at Rave’s ISO-9002 registered facility. Both hardware and software support services are provided through Rave’s technical support program.

Rave Computer Linux server platforms are now available.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Rave Computer Association, Inc., provides quality-configured systems around Sun’s SPARC technology with software, compatible peripherals, and other exceptional value-added services. Rave’s custom-built systems offer robust processing performance, flexibility, and reliability. Rave Computer’s UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its integration services can be found on their web site at: www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283. E-mail inquiries may be sent to info@rave.com. Contact: Meghan Thueme, Marketing Administrative Assistant, Phone: 800-966-7283 ext. 336, Fax: 810-939-7431.

I. F. – RAVE COMPUTER ENJOYS INCREASED SALES REVENUE IN SECOND QUARTER

Sterling Heights, MI–July 25, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc., a privately held original equipment manufacturer of SPARC systems, reported a record increase in sales revenue of up to 45% from the previous year-end. Rave Computer’s increased sales momentum continues to be strong and third quarter is already expected to exceed from last years’ quarterly report as well.

Most of Rave Computer’s increased sales revenue has come from their privately labeled Rave Systems product line. Rave Systems provide custom built SPARC system solutions to customers who have unique application specifications that cannot be met by off-the-shelf configured hardware. The Rave Systems product line, manufactured at Rave Computer’s facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, has surpassed earlier corporate projections.

I. G. – DATARAM UNVEILS MEMORY FOR SILICON GRAPHICS™ NEWEST WINDOWS™NT AND LINUX™ WORKSTATIONS

Delivering Unparalleled Performance and Power to Windows and Linux Operating Systems.

Princeton, NJ-July 11, 2000-Dataram Corporation [NASDAQ: DRAM] a leading provider of gigabyte-class memory for high-performance network servers, today announces immediate availability of memory products for Silicon Graphics 230 and 330 workstations. Marrying state-of-the-art Intel architecture with Dataram memory and SGI visualization subsystems, this collective effort sets a new standard for graphics performance on Windows and Linux operating systems.

Rejuvenating its strategy in the windows-based workstation market, SGI’s 230 and 330 newest models aim to leverage industry-standard, off-the-shelf components with an improved focus on Linux. The new workstations feature Intel Pentium III 667, 733, or 800MHz processors. Model 230 is a single processor-based system while the Model 330 can support up to two. In addition, both the 230 and 330 support a minimum of 128MB to a maximum of 1.5GB of memory using 133MHz ECC SDRAM DIMMs.

Dataram is offering 256MB and 512MB capacities.
“Dataram remains committed to SGI’s Intel-based workstation marketplace and is pleased to offer these new products for the 230 and 330 workstations”, states Jeff Goldenbaum, Dataram’s product manager. “Adding our memory is a perfect way to extend the capacity and performance of these new systems.”

SGI’s 230 and 330 family is the company’s first workstation offering for Linux users, and the industry’s first workstation family designed from the ground-up to accelerate OpenGL 3D graphics in hardware on the Linux operating system, providing an ideal platform for graphics software developers and users.

Dataram Corporation is a leading provider of gigabyte memory for network servers, specializing in the manufacture of large-capacity memory products for Compaq, Digital, HP, IBM, Intel, SGI and Sun computers. The company serves users in diverse industries as financial services, internet service providers, aerospace, petroleum, graphics, automotive, telecommunications, utilities 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 and is priced up to 50% less. Products can usually be delivered within 24 hours of order placement and are backed by a lifetime warranty and an advanced replacement 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 www.dataram.com. Contact: Kimberly Brahmann Dataram, Marketing kbrahmann@dataram.com 609-799-0071

II. V-9 ARCHITECTURE CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN JULY

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 go to certified or send email to info@sparc.com

COMPANY PRODUCT CHIP/Mhz DATE
Fujitsu Limited SPARC64 IV MBCS80523 07-30-00

 

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
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Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 ***NOT AVAILABLE*** $50.00
SPARC-V8E Embedded Supplement to SPARC-V8 $25.00
The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 9 ***NOT AVAILABLE*** $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 & IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4 & IS) $40.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4.1 & IS) NEW!! $40.00
Type 5 Keyboard Interface License $99.00



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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.

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SPARCengine® SPARC LT® SPARC O/S® SPARC PC®
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SPARC64-GP SPARC Driven SPARC-Line SPARC-Line
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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 2000 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

June 30, 2000

Issue No. 81

I. SPARC NEWS

  1. RAVE’S SPARC SYSTEMS EXTEND WARRANTY TO TWO YEARS

  2. TADPOLE-RDI JOINS SUN MICROSYSTEMS’ GLOBAL STAROFFICE NOW INITIATIVE

  3. FORCE COMPUTERS SHIPS HIGH AVAILABILITY COMPACT PCI MANAGEMENT SERVERS TO ALCATEL

  4. TADPOLE PARTNERS WITH POINTBASE TO ENHANCE ITS JAVA-BASED OFFERINGS FOR MOBILE MARKETS

  5. KINGSTON EXPANDS MEMORY MODULE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES TO INCLUDE BACK-END ASSEMBLY OF CHIPS FROM WAFERS

  6. POINTBASE AND TADPOLE TEAM UP AT JAVAONE WITH MOBILE WIRELESS DEVICE

  7. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., ANNOUNCES A 6U RACKMOUNT CHASSIS FOR THE SUN ULTRA AXMP MOTHERBOARD

  8. VIVENDI’S THREE VALLEYS WATER FLOWS WITH TADPOLE – TADPOLE-CARTESIA WINS $1.2 MILLION FIELD INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONTRACT

  9. ARIES ANNOUNCES THE NEW SAPHIRE RED(TM) CLASS OF AXI CPU MODULES @ 360,400, AND 480MHZ

  10. ENTERPRISE COMPUTING – TADPOLE’S J-SLATE DEVICE NOMINATED FOR BEST MOBILE WIRELESS SOLUTION AWARD AT JAVAONE DEVELOPER CONFERENCE

  11. NEW AND STRENGTHENED INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS FORCE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INITIATIVES WITH ALCATEL, TRILLIUM AND SERVERWORKS

  12. WEB IT, WAP IT, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE – TADPOLE EXTENDS TECHNOLOGY FOR WAP PHONES AND WEB-ENABLED DEVICES

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN JUNE

III.SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – RAVE’S SPARC SYSTEMS EXTEND WARRANTY TO TWO YEARS

Sterling Heights, MI–June 27, 2000–Rave Computer Association Inc., implemented a two-year warranty program for all Rave Systems of Sun SPARC technology. Raves two-year warranty provides users with a year extension from a standard one-year program. Rave Computers equipment is warranted from defects in workmanship and materials applicable during the warranty period. Raves technical support provides help desk information, with a toll free number (800-966-7283) and on-line information through e-mail support@rave.com. Raves phone support operates during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST) Monday through Friday.

An extended warranty can be purchased from two to three years at the time of purchase. Rave Computer also provides third party services for on-site support.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Rave Computer Association, Inc., provides quality-configured systems around Sun’s SPARC technology with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Raves custom-built systems offer robust processing performance, flexibility, 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 integration services can be found on their web site at: www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283. E-mail inquiries may be sent to info@rave.com.

I. B. – TADPOLE-RDI JOINS SUN MICROSYSTEMS’ GLOBAL STAROFFICE NOW INITIATIVE

Carlsbad, CA–June 15, 2000–Tadpole-RDI, Inc., the hardware business unit of m-business computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc (LSE-TAD), today announced that it has joined Sun Microsystems’ StarOffice NOW program. A global initiative, the program allows Sun partners and integrators to provide the StarOffice software productivity suite free-of-charge to their customers.

Tadpole-RDI will now distribute StarOffice software with future shipments of its unique ranges of portable workstations and servers, respectively its UltraSPARC® IIi-based UltraBookIIi and VoyagerIIi offerings, which are helping Sun Microsystems customers on the move to work faster, smarter, and leaner.

Available free of charge, StarOffice software is web-ready, and delivers seamless access to applications and files. A cross-platform personal productivity suite, StarOffice software runs on the Solaris operating environment, Microsoft Windows, Linux and OS/2 platforms and is available in eight languages. It has a fully-integrated set of applications that provides compatible word processing, spreadsheet, graphic design, presentations, HTML editor, mail/news reader, scheduler, and database functions and contains filters for importing other file formats.

Una Richens, Tadpole-RDI’s vice president of sales and marketing, comments: “Joining the StarOffice NOW program strengthens Tadpole’s strong strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems – with StarOffice software available on our Solaris-based offerings, the core brand values of UltraBookIIi workstations and VoyagerIIi servers are further enhanced.”

“With the addition of the StarOffice Suite to its unique UltraSPARC lli-based range of portable Solaris workstations and servers, Tadpole further demonstrates its commitment in bringing timely e-business solutions to mobile corporate environments,” said Tony Hampel, director of marketing, Webtop and Application Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Portable Unix Value
One hundred percent binary compatible with Sun desktops and servers, the real world benefits from increased productivity and lower operating costs. All are explained in detail on Tadpole-RDI’s website, www.tadpolerdi.com further information from sales@tadpolerdi.com, or by telephone at 760-929-0992.

About Tadpole-RDI
Tadpole-RDI, Inc., a business unit of mobile computing vendor Tadpole Technology plc (LSE -TAD), is the global leader in portable UNIX workstations and servers for Sun and Hewlett-Packard operating systems and innovator of J-Slate, a new breed of Java-enabled wireless Internet devices. 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.

I. C. – FORCE COMPUTERS SHIPS HIGH AVAILABILITY COMPACT PCI MANAGEMENT SERVERS TO ALCATEL

Force’s Embedded Cluster Platform to be Used as Carrier-Grade Management Server in Alcatel’s Next-Generation of Core IP Terabit Routers

Atlanta, GA–June 6, 2000–Force Computers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Solectron Corporation’s technology solutions business unit (NYSE:SLR) and a leader in embedded computing, announced at SUPERCOMM 2000 that it shipped the first of its High Availability, CompactPCI(R) management servers to the Alcatel Carrier Data Division in Antwerp, Belgium. The servers will be integrated into Alcatel’s new family of next-generation IP core routers and will perform mission-critical system management functions. Designed for ease of maintenance and to endure the rigors of telecom environments, the Force CompactPCI server leverages key technologies from the award-winning Centellis(R) CO (Central Office) 88520 embedded cluster platform. In addition to designing, manufacturing and supporting the server, Force will also assist Alcatel in obtaining NEBS(TM) Level 3 certification for the management server.

High Availability, CompactPCI and UNIX clustering The CompactPCI server designed for Alcatel borrows key technologies and core features from Force’s embedded cluster platform, the Centellis CO 88520. The Centellis CO is a carrier grade, UNIX(R)-based High Availability server in a NEBS-tested CompactPCI chassis. Combining dual nodes for cluster failover, hot-swappable components and a fault-resilient architecture, it delivers “five nines” uptime for critical telecommunications and networking applications. Shared high-performance hard disk drive array and intelligent DC power input and distribution designs were critical to meeting Alcatel’s management server requirements. “The Centellis CO 88520 is an embodiment of the engineering skill set of Force Computers for designing High Availability, NEBS-tested platforms,” said Chris Williams, vice president, Force Computers. “This skill set empowered us to meet, and in some cases exceed, Alcatel’s product and time-to-market requirements.”

Alcatel: world, market and technology leader Alcatel is a global telecommunications carrier vendor for terrestrial and submarine networks and has a proven record in data communications solutions. It is the world, market and technology leader in SONET and ADSL products. Alcatel also offers digital/optical cross-connect equipment and DWDM solutions for the metro and over the long haul for IP-intensive applications, handling voice and data traffic from any-to-any access point over ATM and core IP backbone networks.

The Alcatel R&D labs in Antwerp are working on the development of a highly sophisticated, flexible and extremely scalable optical terabit router ranging in capacity from 640 Gbps in one frame to multiple terabits in one node. Interface support covers speeds from OC3 to OC192, including GbE and 10GbE with an option to provide 40Gbit/s at wire speed in the future. This product exhibits a completely distributed processing and management intelligence and offers true carrier class reliability in both hardware and software.

“Force Computers matched our selection criteria by offering a complete server solution and meeting our aggressive time lines,” said Jan Van Tetering, chief engineer, Alcatel. “Force has enabled our project to rapidly move forward, accelerating the adoption of our next-generation technology in worldwide telecommunication networking applications.”

About Alcatel
Alcatel builds next-generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With 120,000 employees and sales of EURO 23 billion in 1999, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.

About Force Computers
Force Computers www.forcecomputers.com was founded in 1981 and is a leading designer and worldwide supplier of standard and custom systems and board-level computer platforms and services for the embedded market. The processor-independent company helps its customers develop embedded applications based on Alpha, MIPS, Pentium(R), PowerPC(TM), PowerQUICC(TM), SPARC(R), StrongARM and 68K(TM) technologies, for embedded UNIX(R), Linux(TM), Windows NT(R) and real-time applications. Force supports VME, CompactPCI(R), PCI, PCI/ISA and PMC bus architectures, as well as custom form factors. An ISO 9001 certified company, Force Computers practices Total Quality Management principles in all phases of the company’s global operations. The company, along with its parent company, Solectron Corporation, is the 1997 winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Manufacturing. Force’s corporate headquarters and Asia Pacific headquarters is located in San Jose, California. Force’s European headquarters is located in Munich, Germany.

I. D. -TADPOLE PARTNERS WITH POINTBASE TO ENHANCE ITS JAVA-BASED OFFERINGS FOR MOBILE MARKETS

“Pointbase’s partnership with Tadpole will open up opportunities in new markets for us by introducing our technology to industries that are building next-generation apps on Java,” says Bruce Scott, president of Pointbase and co-founder of Oracle.

Carlsbad, CA–May 2, 2000–Tadpole-RDI, Inc., the California-based hardware business unit of mobile business computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc, today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with PointBase to offer its embedded Java database with Tadpoles J-Slate pen computer, a new breed of wireless internet device. PointBase, Inc. is the leader in mobile wireless and 100% Pure Java data management products.

The addition of the PointBase database enables Tadpole to provide J-Slate users with the ability to store local extracts from enterprise databases and to automatically synchronize any changes with the originating database.

The Pointbase database and data management tools also ensures that J-Slate users will never have to worry about losing data – PointBase transparently manages the synchronization of data transfers to and from the J-Slate ensuring that even when wireless reception is intermittent all data integrity is preserved.

Tadpole selected PointBase technology because its 100% Pure Java databases can interface with all major enterprise database on any computing platform that supports Java.

Bernard Hulme, president of Tadpole-RDI and CEO of Tadpole Technology, plc, comments: “Enterprises are looking for an efficient way to let mobile workers use wireless devices to tap into corporate applications and databases and to automatically update them without losing data, even when wireless reception is intermittent.” He adds: “PointBase technology increases J-Slate’s overall value to customers because it delivers a very easy-to-use, easy-to-manage solution to the complex problem of data synchronization over wireless networks.”

“Tadpole’s commitment to deliver world-class mobile Java solutions to enterprise customers complements our passion in bringing the benefits of Java-based data management to mobile users,” adds Bruce Scott, president and CEO of PointBase, Inc., who also co-founded Oracle Corporation. “Pointbase’s partnership with Tadpole will open up opportunities in new markets for us by introducing our technology to industries that are building next-generation apps on Java.”

About Tadpole’s J-Slate
The J-Slate is the world’s first mobile wireless internet device that is optimized to run Java based web and internet applications in vertical markets. Designed from the ground up for workers who need a simple-to-use, rugged hand-held pen computer, the J-Slate runs Java applications either standalone or via a Web browser, and shields users from the complexity of an operating system.

By standardizing on Java, the J-Slate has a completely open development environment that allows customers to target applications and deploy solutions that meet their specific requirements. In target markets for the J-Slate, most customers need connectivity to enterprise class databases such as IBM DB/2, Lotus Notes, Microsoft SQL*Server, Oracle, Sybase, etc. Pointbase will provide this connectivity.

Developer Applications For J-Slate
PointBase supports all of the important standards for data management, such as SQL, and Internet connectivity, such as HTML and HTTP. This allows developers to create applications for the J-Slate which can be integrated quickly and easily with enterprise applications which typically rely heavily on SQL and have global reach through the Internet.

The synergy of PointBase and J-Slates long battery-life, large bright color display, instant-on and wireless connectivity provides a full work shift of usage in most environments.

I. E. – KINGSTON EXPANDS MEMORY MODULE MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES TO INCLUDE BACK-END ASSEMBLY OF CHIPS FROM WAFERS

Fountain Valley, CA–June 12, 2000–Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the world’s leading memory module provider, announced today additional service offerings to their current supply chain management model. Dubbed “The Payton Project”, Kingston’s expanded capabilities – housed in a newly built $100+ million facility – offers DRAM manufacturers and other semiconductor companies a complete Build-to-Order (BTO) memory module manufacturing solution within the United States for the first time. These services now encompass all production processes from the receipt of silicon wafers to the shipment of completed memory modules, and is supported by Kingston’s new facilities in Fountain Valley, Calif. and in Taiwan.

Historically, Kingston’s memory module production began with the receipt of DRAM chips from semiconductor companies. Every module manufactured would be placed through rigorous testing to insure reliability, compatibility and integrity of its design specified by the DRAM companies. In turn, Kingston would either warehouse or ship the completed modules back to the DRAM companies or their customers.

The “one-stop” service of the Payton Project begins with the receipt of silicon wafers, followed by die cutting, packaging, and chip testing. Payton’s chip packaging services will link with Kingston’s current model of building and testing memory modules according to specifications. The new supply chain process timeframe – from silicon wafers to memory modules – has been reduced by as much as eight weeks.

Today, DRAM companies as well as their customers – computer and electronic equipment manufacturers – will benefit from shorter manufacturing cycle times with Kingston’s one-stop service. The shorter cycle times will virtually eliminate product mix issues and simplify forecasting and planning.

Kingston is making the announcement today at its campus in Fountain Valley, Calif. via a live press conference and simultaneous, worldwide webcast at 10:00 a.m., PDT. Honored guests from Toshiba Corporation and Intel Corporation will be on hand to participate in the momentous occasion. Immediately following the press conference, attendees will be given on-sitetours as webcast viewers watch a virtual tour of Kingston’s new facility. The webcast will be available for viewing at www.videonewswire.com/KINGSTON/061200/ until September 12, 2000.

About Kingston Technology Company, Inc. offers a complete line of memory, storage, networking and PC enhancement products. With strictly regulated ISO-registered facilities in the United States (ISO 9001), Ireland (ISO 9002), Malaysia (ISO 9002) and Taiwan (ISO 9002), Kingston markets its products through an extensive worldwide network of distributors, major reseller chains and independent dealers. For additional information on Kingston products, please contact Kingston Technology at +1 (800) 337-8410, www.kingston.com.

I. F. – POINTBASE AND TADPOLE TEAM UP AT JAVAONE WITH MOBILE WIRELESS DEVICE

Mountain View and Carlsbad, CA–June 6, 2000–One exhibit at this year’s JavaOne developer conference in San Francisco that seems poised to take pole position in the race for the post-PC mobile computing space is J-Slate, a new breed of “instant-on, instant-off” wireless Internet devices.

A breakthrough in enterprise computing, the simple-to-use, Java-enabled device can visualize and manipulate files with rich graphical content and has a cost of ownership that’s one-third less than classic laptops and tablets. By embedding PointBase’s award-winning data management and synchronization technology, it transparently synchronizes data transfers to and from the J-Slate across complex network and system environments.

Designed for anywhere-anytime mobile computing, J-Slate is a pen computer built by California-based Tadpole-RDI, the hardware business unit of mobile computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc. Tadpole-RDI, also the global leader in portable Unix workstations and servers, is a strategic partner of PointBase.

With its bright, 10.4-inch color display, and ability to run graphical-rich applications when disconnected or connected to corporate networks, the integrated wireless J-Slate device also has a gamut of configuration options including user accessible PCMCIA sockets, cellular phone, radio and GPS, as well as modem and Ethernet connections.

Running 100% Pure Java, PointBase Mobile Edition and PointBase UniSync (universal synchronization), J-Slate stores local extracts from enterprise databases, and automatically synchronizes any changes with the originating database. The tools also transparently manage the synchronization of data transfers to and from the J-Slate ensuring data integrity even when wireless reception is intermittent.

JavaOne Demos
Specialists from both PointBase and Tadpole-RDI will be available throughout the JavaOne conference to give live demonstrations of J-Slate’s technological edge and capabilities. Developers planning to visit PointBase’s booth #819 can book appointments for a demonstration with the booth receptionist at the PointBase booth.

More On Tadpoles J-Slate
J-Slate is the world’s first mobile wireless Internet device optimized to run Java-based web applications. Designed from the ground up for corporate workforces needing a simple-to-use, rugged hand-held pen computer, the J-Slate runs Java applications either standalone or via a Web browser, and shields users from the complexity of an operating system.

By standardizing on Java, the J-Slate has a completely open development environment allowing customers to target applications and deploy solutions that meet their specific requirements. In target markets for the J-Slate, most customers need connectivity to enterprise class databases such as IBM DB/2, Lotus Notes, Microsoft SQL*Server, Oracle and Sybase. PointBase provides this connectivity.

Developer Applications For J-Slate
PointBase supports all of the important standards for data management, such as SQL, and Internet connectivity, such as HTML and HTTP. This allows developers to create applications for the J-Slate which can be integrated quickly and easily with enterprise applications which typically rely heavily on SQL and have global reach through the Internet. The synergy of PointBase and J-Slates long battery-life, large bright color display, instant-on and wireless connectivity provides a full work shift of usage in most environments.

About PointBase
PointBase, the leader in mobile wireless data management, creates the technology for extending and synchronizing enterprise data among wireless devices, Internet appliances, mobile applications, PDAs, and networked servers. The companys 100% Pure Java products solve the problem of managing data for applications deployed globally across a diversity of platforms.

PointBase was established in 1998 by Bruce Scott, co-founder of Oracle Corporation and Gupta/Centura Software, and Jeff Richey, one of the key developers of the Sybase SQL database server. The management team includes industry veterans from IBM, Oracle, Sybase, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems. For additional information on PointBase and its products, please send an email to info@pointbase.com, call 1-877/238-8798 (U.S. and Canada) or 650/230-7200 (International) or visit the compan’s website at www.pointbase.com.

I. G. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., ANNOUNCES A 6U RACKMOUNT CHASSIS FOR THE SUN ULTRA AXMP MOTHERBOARD

Sterling Heights, MI–May 31, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc., an authorized Sun Master value-added System Integrator announces a new 6U Rackmount chassis for the Ultra AXmp.

Rave Computer Association, Inc. integrates Suns Ultra AXmp motherboard into a 6U 19-inch rackmountable chassis. The Ultra AXmp is a scalable 64-bit Ultra SPARC multi-processing motherboard with a unique Ultra Port Architecture (UPA) that enables the CPU bus bandwidth to be increased to 3.2GB per second via a custom cross bar switch. This large processor bandwidth enables scaling of up to four UltraSPARC-II microprocessor modules (currently shipping 450MHz with 4MB cache). The motherboard supports up to 4GB of memory and features integrated dual-channel Ultra Wide SCSI, six PCI slots, four at 33MHz and two at 66MHz. The 6U standard chassis includes three hot swap 400-Watt power supplies, two 3.5-inch upper drive bays, two 5.25-inch upper bays, nine 5.25-inch lower bays, and three 93 CFM cage fan modules. Optional features are CD-Rom, 1.44MB Floppy Drive, up to 73GB HardDisk Drive, 4mm or 8mm tape drives, and a lower locking front panel.

The 6U-AXmp can be pre-installed with Solaris 7 and is binary compatible with the broad array of current SPARC applications. Linux 6.1 is offered as an optional operating system for the Ultra AXmp. All of Rave Computers integrated systems feature a two-year warranty.

The powerful multiprocessing features found in the Ultra AXmp provides ideal solutions for communication servers, data warehousing applications, or specialized commercial and financial applications.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc.
Rave Computer Association, Inc. provides quality-configured systems around Sun’s SPARC technology with software, compatible peripherals and other exceptional value-added services. Raves custom-built systems offer robust processing performance, flexibility, 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 integration services can be found on their web site at: www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283. E-mail inquiries may be sent to info@rave.com.

I. H. – VIVENDI’S THREE VALLEYS WATER FLOWS WITH TADPOLE – TADPOLE-CARTESIA WINS $1.2 MILLION FIELD INFORMATION SYSTEMS CONTRACT

Carlsbad, CA–June 9, 2000–Mobile business (m-business) computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc today announced that its field information systems business unit, Tadpole-Cartesia, has been awarded a contract valued at $1.2 million by Three Valleys Water of the Vivendi Group, the world’s largest grouping of water suppliers.

The contract calls for Tadpole-Cartesia to deliver a state-of-the-art field information system based on its thin-client Java Cartesia software product suite running J-Slate, a new breed of wireless Internet devices developed by Tadpole for rugged mobile computing applications.

Aimed at supporting Three Valley’s drive on field worker productivity gains, and to achieve reductions in the cost of field operations, Tadpole’s system will provide the utility’s field operatives with real time access to task critical information from corporate systems at any time, in any location within any working area designated by the company.

The order covers supply of two hundred software licenses and J-Slate pen computers with an option for further licenses and hardware.

About Three Valleys
Based in Hatfield, Three Valleys Water (www.3valleys.co.uk) supplies up to 700 million litres of water each day to 2.3 million customers in a 3,000 square kilometer area covering the northern Home Counties and part of north London. The region covered serves three London airports – Heathrow, Luton and Stansted.

About Tadpole-Cartesia
Tadpole-Cartesia, a business unit of Tadpole Technology plc www.tadpole.com , is an emerging leader in enterprise-class mobile information systems for the world’s utilities, telecommunications and public service industries. Its unique range of mobile business solutions open new vistas for better management and productivity of field workers, improve customer service, reduce operational costs, and enable user industries to fully capitalize their investments in corporate GIS and CAD data. Further information on Tadpole’s businesses on 760-929-0992, or by email sales@tadpole.com.

I. I. – ARIES ANNOUNCES THE NEW SAPHIRE RED(TM) CLASS OF AXI CPU MODULES @ 360,400, AND 480MHZ

AXi is the latest addition to our uni-processing product family. The design is based on the new UltraSPARC(TM) Port Architecture with PCI Bus (UltraSPARCTMIIi) motherboard, and UltraSPARCTMIIi processor, the new 64-bit CPU manufactured by Sun Microelectronics.

Marixx AXi presents a technology breakthrough for workstation computing. Specifically designed for demanding CAD, CAM, CAE, and image processing applications, it supports video compression and decompression, as well as 2D and 3D graphics options. It supports 1 GB-memory and 200GB internal storage. It also has internal and external Ultra SCSI controller on-board, providing more than enough computing power bandwidth for simulation and modeling applications. Marixx AXi outperforms the fastest Pentium II PCs at comparable prices, making it the best value workstation.

In addition, the AXi is a stand-alone workstation. It is also available as rackmount solutions for server applications and custom configured systems.

Available solutions are ATX deskside, 7″ (height) rackmount, and 3.5″ (height) rackmount. The ISO 9002-certified Marixx AXi, as on all of our systems, come with free technical support and 18-month warranty.

For more information visit our web site at www.ariesresearch.com.

I. J. – ENTERPRISE COMPUTING – TADPOLE’S J-SLATE DEVICE NOMINATED FOR BEST MOBILE WIRELESS SOLUTION AWARD AT JAVAONE DEVELOPER CONFERENCE

Carlsbad, CA–June 16, 2000–“Clearly, we’re delighted with this nomination, which recognizes amongst thousands of Java solutions, the technological edge of our J-Slate thin-client wireless Internet device,” says Bernard Hulme, group chief executive of mobile computing specialist, Tadpole Technology.

Hulme’s comment was made following the announcement that Tadpole’s unique J-Slate pen computer, a new breed of rugged wireless Internet device for mobile corporate workforces, had been nominated for the Best Java Solutions Mobile/Wireless Application award at last week’s JavaOne developer conference.

Tadpole’s J-Slate has the profile to meet the anytime-anywhere enterprise computing needs of the spectrum of vertical markets. Just last week, the firm announced a groundbreaking contract from Vivendi’s Three Valleys Water utility to deliver a state-of-the-art field information system based on its thin-client Java Cartesia software product suite running J-Slate pen computers.

Vivendi is the world’s largest grouping of water suppliers and Tadpole’s system will provide the utility’s field engineers with real time access to task critical information from corporate systems at any time, in any location, within any designated working area.

Java Solutions Awards are planned and executed by Java Pro magazine and Sun Microsystems, Inc., and are made to recognize significant achievements in the applied use of Java technology. Each year, seven categories of innovative Java applications are defined with the offerings of three companies selected as finalists for each. The finalists are selected by a panel of independent editors representing the consensual views of developers, research firms, and industry experts.

About Tadpole’s J-Slate
J-Slate is the world’s first mobile rugged wireless internet device optimized to run Java-based web and Internet applications in vertical markets. Designed from the ground up for corporate workforces needing a simple-to-use, hand-held pen computer, the J-Slate runs Java applications either standalone or via a Web browser, and shields users from the complexity of an operating system.

I. K. -NEW AND STRENGTHENED INDUSTRY RELATIONSHIPS FORCE ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INITIATIVES WITH ALCATEL, TRILLIUM AND SERVERWORKS

In late May and early June, Force made and participated in several key industry announcements with embedded systems partners and customers. On June 6, Force coordinated an announcement with Alcatel concerning the shipment of High Availability management servers to the company’s Carrier Data Division in Antwerp, Belgium. The announcement coincided with Alcatel’s major press conference at the SUPERCOMM trade show in Atlanta. The servers will be integrated into Alcatel’s new family of next-generation IP core terabit routers and will perform mission-critical system management functions within the router.

The management server is based on the core technology found in the Centellis(tm) CO 88520, meeting Alcatel’s requirements for “five nines” system availability, hot-swappable components and NEBS(tm) Level 3 (Force will assist Alcatel in NEBS certification).

In addition to the Alcatel announcement, Force was featured prominently in releases put out by some of our industry partners. On May 24, Trillium Digital Systems publicly unveiled that company’s partner program with select embedded systems vendors. Force appeared in the release along with some of our own partners, including LynuxWorks and Wind River Systems. The Trillium partner program provides OEMs the opportunity to leverage the synergies of integrated software/hardware solutions to accelerate time-to-market and reduce development costs and risks. Force is working with Trillium to more fully integrate our respective solutions, providing confidence that customers can realize substantial benefits.

Another release put out by chip set producer ServerWorks concerned a new alliance between that company and Force. The two companies will cooperate to make multi-processor boards for the embedded market based on various ServerSet(tm) III chip sets. This is the first time plans have been publicly made to use this leading-edge technology in embedded applications, and Force is proud to be the first company in the space to offer it. The ServerWorks’ chip sets will be used with Pentium III boards in CompactPCI(r) and PCI form factors slated to be introduced in the fall by the Custom Boards and Systems division.

For more on these announcements and other Force news, link to www.forcecomputers.com/press/press.htm.

I. L. -WEB IT, WAP IT, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE – TADPOLE EXTENDS TECHNOLOGY FOR WAP PHONES AND WEB-ENABLED DEVICES

Cambridge and Carlsbad (CA), June 20, 2000 – “Its a new and better way for the growing population of WAP-enabled phone users and web-enabled devices to do business on the move,” says Bernard Hulme, group chief executive of mobile business computing specialist, Tadpole Technology plc.

He adds: “MagiWAP software transforms the mobile phone into a smart remote controller that can access, read, email, move, fax, or print documents stored on a desktop, laptop, or palmtop, whatever their location, without first downloading data or documents to the device.”

Hulme’s comments followed the announcement that Endeavors Technology, Inc., Tadpole’s recently-acquired web technology software business unit, had today launched the second release of its innovative open-source Magi tool suite. Called MagiWAP, it joins Endeavors’ authoring plugin, MagiDAV.

The latest software extends Magi architecture to WAP-enabled mobile phones. For the first time, they can be used as a remote control device to fax a business letter from a distant home PC to a customer, or to print a business plan located on a trusted co-workers PC to any networked printer. MagiWAP also allows mobile phone users to read and check the contents of a quotation on their office PCs, to then email it to a customer, or to move a proposal from a home PC to a trusted co-workers PC in their office – all accomplished via any number of commercially-available WAP phones, without having to sign on to an intermediate service, and without the document having to be downloaded to or from the phone.

“MagiWAP blazes a trail towards the next generation of mobile Web applications.” says Rohit Khare, CEO of KnowNow, Inc. and 4K Associate

Forrester predicts there will be 41 million mobile Internet users in the UK alone by 2005. More than two-thirds will have multiple Internet-enabled devices – handhelds, desktop computers, Internet TVs, and portable computers, for example. Endeavors’ MagiDAV technology gives the web-enabled population controlled, two-way Internet access to documents on all disparate Internet devices, as well as to documents on devices of trusted workgroups.

MagiWAP takes MagiDAV a stage further and gives real-time, up-to-date access to all business data, or that of trusted colleagues, from a WAP phone (or from Magi-enabled computers or laptops), wherever its located and the technology to move it to the right hands whether beside your computer, away from your desk, or on the other side of the world where your documents are located.

Instead of just using WAP phones to read public broadcast information, such as stock prices, weather, business news, and sports scores, MagiWAP allows phone users to securely obtain “private broadcast information” – business plans, price lists, research documents, quotations – as well as those of colleagues within a trusted workgroup. It allows the mobile user to read, move, email, fax, or print these documents, all from a WAP phone.

The latest Magi release is now available on-line, and can be downloaded freely from website http://magi.endeavors.org

About Magi
Magi is a global, open source initiative for developers building and deploying Internet-scale, business-to-business applications and is based on such web standards as the Apache Web Server, Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning protocol (WebDav), XML, JAVA and HTTP. With Microsoft Office 2000 being WebDAV-enabled, a practical example of MagiDAV’s power is its ability to provide any Microsoft Office 2000 user with the ability to read, write and publish directly to or from a variety of locations (home, office, or on the move), and now also from a mobile phone.

Endeavors’ MagiDAV architecture addresses the mounting problem of managing and processing uncoordinated, unsynchronized information scattered randomly on web-enabled devices. It allows an individual to get at and work on any information held within that individuals desktop computer, laptop computer, or palmtop handheld device from any online remote wireless web-enabled device, anywhere. Once that information has been worked upon, the individual can also share it, simply, directly and dynamically, with defined groups of colleagues or collaborators, identified as “buddies”, without needing intermediate servers or services requiring time consuming and complex interactions.

About Endeavors Technology
Endeavors Technology, Inc., acquired by Tadpole in March 2000, was founded in 1998 out of research undertaken at the University of California, Irvine, into the use of the World Wide Web to support wide area wireless e-processes and e-services across mobile workforces and multiple organizations. Endeavors’ founders and technical advisory board have an unrivalled pedigree in developing Internet infrastructure having co-authored many of the Web’s most commonly used protocols and software.

About Tadpole
Tadpole Technology plc www.tadpole.com is a listed company on the London Stock Exchange (EPIC-TAD) with plants and offices in Cambridge, Edinburgh, Bristol (UK), and Irvine and Carlsbad (California). Its Tadpole-RDI hardware business unit is the global leader in portable UNIX workstations and servers and innovator of the world’s first Java-enabled rugged pen computer. Its Tadpole-Cartesia software business unit is an emerging leader in enterprise-class mobile information systems for the world’s utilities, telecommunications and public service industries that open new vistas for better management and productivity of field workers, lead to improved customer service and reduced operational costs, and enable user industries to fully capitalize their investments in corporate GIS and CAD data. Further information on Tadpole’s businesses on telephone +1 760-929-0992 (USA), telephone +44 1223 428200 (UK), or by email sales@tadpole.com.

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN JUNE

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 go to certified or send email to info@sparc.com

COMPANYPRODUCTOSSCD DATE
SunSun Ultra 5 (PGX24 360Mhz)Solaris 8-Update 12.1 06-20-00

 

Sun Sun Enterprise Ultra 5S (PGX24 360Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 10 (PGX24 440Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 10 (Creator 440Hhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 10 (Creator3D 440Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 10 (Elite3D m3 440Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 10 (Elite3D m6 440mHz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 60 (2360 Creator3D 360Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 60 (2360 Elite3D m3 360Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 60 (2360 Elite3D m6 360Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 60 (2450 Creator3D 450Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 60 (2450 Elite3D m3 450Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 60 (2450 Elite3D m6 450Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 80 (4450 Creator3D 450Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 80 (4450 PGX32 450Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra 80 (4450 Elite3D m6 450Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Ultra Enterprise 2 (1400 400Mhz) Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Sun Eterprise 250 400Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Sun Enterprise 3500 400Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Sun Enterprise 4500 400Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Sun Enterprise 5500 400Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Sun Enterprise 6500 400Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T100 360Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T105 360Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T100 440Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T105 440Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T1120 295Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T1125 295Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T1120 295Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00
Sun Netra T1125 195Mhz Solaris 8-Update 1 2.1 06-20-00

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-V8 $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 & IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4 & IS) $40.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4.1 & IS) NEW!! $40.00
Type 5 Keyboard Interface License $99.00



Please contact SPARC International’s SPARC Shop at <<a href=”mailto:sparchop@sparc.org”>sparcshop@sparc.org> or Tel: 408 748-9111 x240 for lead times on the manuals. Thank you.


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

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

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

Additional information about SPARC International, its members and its certification programs is available via the World Wide Web <<a href=”http://sparc.org”>www.sparc.org> or via email <<a href=”mailto:info@sparc.com”>info@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 2000 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

April 31, 2000

Issue No. 79

I. SPARC NEWS

  1. SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER VIRTIUM

  2. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., ANNOUNCES A NEW RACKMOUNT CHASSIS FOR SUN UltraAXi SPARCengine

  3. TADPOLE’S PORTABLE WORKSTATION UltraBookIIi BECOMES MOBILE BUSINESS HUB OF LEADING E-BUSINESS VENDOR BROADVISION

  4. NEW RUGGED ENTERPRISE SERVER FROM THEMIS COMPUTER BOLDLY GOES WHERE OTHER MILITARY SPARC SYSTEMS CANNOT

  5. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. FEATURES RAVES INTEGRATED RACKMOUNT-ULTRA60

II.SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News


I. A. – SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER VIRTIUM

Irvine, CA–April 21, 2000–Virtium Technology joins SPARC International. Virtium Technology designs and manufactures high-density and high-performance memory for Sun SPARC® and other specific applications. We offer a wide range of memory products that are in full compliance with latest industry standards. Our products are designed for specialized applications: Industrial Automation Computers, Telecommunications, Scientific and Embedded systems.

For more information visit their web site at virtium.com.

SPARC Trivia:The SPARC TradeMark is registered in over 165 countries worldwide.

I. B. -RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., ANNOUNCES A NEW RACKMOUNT CHASSIS FOR SUN UltraAXi SPARCengine

Sterling Heights, Michigan–April 12, 2000–Rave Computer Association, a leading Sun Microelectronics Master Value-added Integrator announces a new 2U storage accessible chassis for Suns UltraAXi motherboard. Rave Systems RackMount2U-AXi-C (RM2U-AXi-C) provides four (4) front exposed removable 3.5 low profile drive bays, one (1) 3.5 and one (1) 5.25 drive bay for media such as floppy, 4mm DAT or CD-ROM. The chassis also has four (4) 80mm fans; one (1) 60mm fan and one fan in the power supply area to provide exceptional cooling levels.

Raves new storage enhanced server has been developed to meet critically tight space requirements without sacrificing performance or reliability in any compute intensive environments. Rave Systems RM-2U-AXi-C features original Sun robust UltraAXi motherboard powered by upgradable UltraSPARC-IIi processor, with integrated dual channel Ultra wide SCSI, three (3) PCI slots, and up to 1GB of memory. The system is designed for Ultra3 compatibility, and can be configured for RAID.

Rave Systems enhanced RM2U-AXi-C provides real world solutions for many of our industries space requirements. Because of its size, the system can be considered as field replaceable units in network intensive situations. Unparalleled performance and reliability with storage are the strengths of this system.

Pricing and Availability: Rave Systems RackMount2U-AXi-C will be ready for distribution in mid-May. Contact a Rave representative for pricing and availability at 1-800-966-7283.

I. C. – TADPOLE’S PORTABLE WORKSTATION UltraBookIIi BECOMES MOBILE BUSINESS HUB OF LEADING E-BUSINESS VENDOR BROADVISION

Carlsbad, CA–April 20, 2000-Tadpole-RDI, Inc., the hardware business unit of m-business computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc (EPIC TAD), today announced that e-business applications vendor, BroadVision, Inc. (Nasdaq BVSN, Neuer Markt BVN) has selected the recently-released UltraBookIIi family of portable Unix workstations as the hub of its worldwide customer demonstration and training strategy.

Tadpole’s UltraBookIIi is a unique portable computing system that’s making increasing numbers of Sun Microsystems’ customers more productive and effective in the field at less cost. Weighing just 7.5 lbs and housed in frames the size of a business directory, UltraBookIIi workstations are built to track Sun Microsystems’ road maps for its UltraSPARC-IIi processor and Solaris operating environment.

As the hub of its mobile business computing strategy, BroadVision’s global sales teams will be equipped with UltraBookIIi workstations to give live, fully-functional customer demonstrations of a suite of personalized e-business applications. Built for delivery via the Web and wireless devices, the applications enable companies in the financial services, electronics, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and travel industries to launch e-commerce, self-service and enterprise information Web sites for personalized interactions and transactions with consumers, partners, suppliers and employees.

Julie Stephens, BroadVision’s director of field engineering, comments: “With UltraBookIIi, BroadVision’s sales teams can work faster, smarter, and leaner. We’ve turned the page in lugging around or bearing the high-costs of transporting bulky desktops from site-to-site to give live customer demonstrations.”

Una Richens, vice president of sales and marketing of Tadpole-RDI, adds: “One of the fundamental roles of portable Unix is helping enterprise software vendors like BroadVision to get their products better understood in the marketplace, in the shortest timeframe, where it counts in front of the customer.”

The real world benefits of increased productivity and lower operating costs associated with portability for Sun customers are laid out on Tadpole-RDI’s website, www.tadpolerdi.com further information from sales@tadpolerdi.com, or by telephone at 760-929-0992.

One hundred percent binary compatible with Sun desktops, UltrabookIIi can be configured with all the features needed to get the job done. Powered by 400MHz UltraSPARC-IIi/ 2Mbyte E-cache processors (SPECint:17,9-SPECfp: 22.7), standard ECC memory is 256MB and can be extended to a 1GB. Hard drive capacity can range from 8GB to 24GB through innovative use of UltraBookIIi’s three removable disk slots. Graphic options are PCI-based ATI cards or Sun Creator 3D buffered 24-bit graphics for demanding CAD/CAM applications.

UltraBookIIi’s 14.1-inch TFT active matrix LCD has resolutions up to 1024 x 768 pixels with a contrast ratio of 150:1; its power consumption is some 70% below that of bulky, energy-demanding CRT monitors. With a full-travel 97-key keyboard and 3-button integrated trackpad, UltraBookIIi is built with a full complement of PCMCIA ports, including connectivity ports for external fax/modems, floppy disk drives, monitors, and Sun compatible mouse/keyboards, for example.

UltraBookIIi is shipped with Solaris 7, 2.6, 2.5.1 as operating system, together with OpenWindows 3x, AutoNET software tools plus NTP, NIS+, DHCP, NFS and DNS, as well as Java tools – Java virtual machine and HotJava browser. The portable workstation complies with leading national and international regulations for safety and EMC, including UL and ITE-FCC Part 15.

I. D. – NEW RUGGED ENTERPRISE SERVER FROM THEMIS COMPUTER BOLDLY GOES WHERE OTHER MILITARY SPARC SYSTEMS CANNOT

Fremont, CA–April 26, 2000–Themis Computer announced that the second member of its Rugged Enterprise Server (RES) family is now available. This Sun-based enterprise class server family has been designed from the ground up to withstand military and aerospace service requirements. Based on Sun’s E4500 Server technology, Themis’ RES-1400s compliments and extends the capabilities of Sun’s highly successful enterprise Server. Themis redesigned the system to provide a suitable platform for demanding federal and aerospace markets, including expanded I/O in an open, modular system.

“Sun chose to work with us because of our strong UNIX and systems design capabilities. And, we’re 100% focused on UltraSPARC technology,” explained Bill Kehret, president of Themis.

The RES-1400s is a shorter version of the Themis RES-1400. Like the RES-1400, the RES-1400s chassis can withstand up to 15G’s of shock. All machined and welded mechanical structures have natural vibration modes exceeding 28 Hz. Additionally, all critical electronic components are designed to sustain high shock loads, while heat sinks have been redesigned to minimize unsupported mass and moment of inertia. The 14 U rack-mountable enclosure features heavy-duty tiltable rack slides and an articulated cable support system for ease of maintenance.

Running Sun’s Solaris Operating System with advanced real-time features, the Open Systems Architecture-based RES can be configured with up to 14 UltraSPARC II processors with clock rates to 400 MHz, and up to 14 GB memory. It supports SMP and a 100 MHz UPA bus.

Themis uses a configurable I/O bay that supports standard interfaces such as VME. Even when fully configured with 14 processors, the I/O bay can support up to eleven 6U form factor slots.

RES availability features include automatic system recovery and dynamic reconfiguration. It features four hot swap N+1 power supplies, including separate power grids for the processor complex and the I/O bay, allowing complete power isolation. Sun’s Symon management environment handles total systems management.

The RES-1400s was designed to operate in environments which have tighter temperature control, than the RES 1400.

RES Primary Features:

  • Rugged, Integrated Implementation of advanced UltraSPARC E4500 Technology
  • Open Systems Architecture
  • Sun’s Solaris Operating System with advanced Real Time features
  • UltraSPARC-II SMP computing platform
  • Industry Standard I/O: VME, cPCI, and PCI
  • Up to 14 Ultra-II Processors with clock rates to 400MHz
  • Up to 14 GB memory *100 MHz UPA Bus
  • Modular I/O Bay, Up to eleven 6U
  • Modular I/O Connector Panel Operating temperature up to 40c
  • Shock up to 15G and Vibration from 4 to 28 Hz.
  • Solaris 7/8
  • Built-in CDROM *18.2 GB Ultra SCSI System Disk
  • Hot-Swap N+1 Power Supply
  • Built-in heavy duty tiltable Rack Slides and
  • Articulated cable handling mechanism

Pricing and Availability:- the Rugged Enterprise Server 1400s will begin shipping in quantity in July 2000. Prices for entry configurations begin at $95K.

For more information visit their web site at www.themis.com

I. E. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. FEATURES RAVES INTEGRATED RACKMOUNT-ULTRA60

Sterling Heights, MI–April 13, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc., an authorized Sun Master value-added System Integrator, now offers customers a 4U-rackmountable solution for the SPARCengine Ultra60.

Rave Computer integrates Suns dual processing Ultra60 motherboard into a 4U-rackmountable chassis. Raves rackmount chassis allows for a total of nine peripherals-three external 5.25 drive bays, three external 3.5 hot-swap capable drive bays, and three internal 3.5 drive bays.

The Ultra60 features up to 2 GB of memory, onboard Fast Ethernet, dual Ultra SCSI busses, four PCI slots, three at 33MHz and one at 66Mhz , and two UPA graphic slots. The Ultra60 supports one or two UltraSPARC II processor modules ranging from 300MHz to 450MHz with variable cache sizes, providing binary compatibility with Solaris operating environment applications.

Rave Computers RackMount-U60 is ideally suited for computing applications in telecommunications, medical imaging, graphical imaging, data analysis and networking. All of Rave Computers integrated systems come with a one-year warranty.

Rave Computer Association, Inc., provides a range of system solutions built to customers specifications. Rave Computers relationship with Sun Microelectronics and Sun Solaris software, both divisions of Sun Microsystems Inc., provides Rave Computer access to new technology and product support. Rave Computers other services include hardware depot and maintenance services, technical phone support and private-labeling services. Rave Computer also offers flexible leasing programs through its sister company, Rave Financial Services, Inc.

About Rave Computer Association, Inc. Rave Computer Association, Inc., provides quality-configured systems around Sun’s SPARC technology with software, compatible peripherals, and exceptional value-added services. Rave’s Signature and integrated systems offer robust processing performance, flexibility, and reliability. Rave Computer’s UL test facility and ISO-9002 procedures ensure quality products and services. More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its integration services can be found on their web site at www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283. E-mail inquiries may be sent to: info@rave.com

II. 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-V8 $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 & IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4 & IS) $40.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4.1 & IS) NEW!! $40.00
Type 5 Keyboard Interface License $99.00

Please contact SPARC International’s SPARC Shop at <<a href=”mailto:sparchop@sparc.org”>sparcshop@sparc.org> or Tel: 408 748-9111 x240 for lead times on the manuals. Thank you.


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

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

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

Additional information about SPARC International, its members and its certification programs is available via the World Wide Web <<a href=”http://sparc.org”>www.sparc.org> or via email <<a href=”mailto:info@sparc.com”>info@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 2000 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

March 31, 2000

Issue No. 78

I. SPARC NEWS

  1. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. FEATURES RAVE’S INTEGRATED RACKMOUNT-ULTRA60

  2. ON-LINE! DETECTIVE RELEASE 13.0 BIGGER BETTER

  3. ANOTHER US FEDERAL AGENCY FINDS PORTABLE UNIX SEMPER FI

  4. REPLACE SUN FE HANDBOOKS

II. SCD CERTIFIED & PVT VERIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN MARCH

III.SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. FEATURES RAVE’S INTEGRATED RACKMOUNT-ULTRA60

Sterling Heights, MI–March 9, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc., an authorized Sun Master value-added System Integrator, now offers customers a 4U-rackmountable solution for the SPARCengine Ultra60.

Rave Computer integrates Suns dual processing Ultra60 motherboard into a 4U-rackmountable chassis. Rave’s rackmount chassis allows for a total of nine peripherals-three external 5.25 drive bays, three external 3.5 hot-swap capable drive bays, and three internal 3.5 drive bays.

The Ultra60 features up to 2 GB of memory, onboard Fast Ethernet, dual Ultra SCSI busses, four PCI slots, three at 33MHz and one at 66Mhz and two UPA graphic slots. The Ultra60 supports one to two UltraSPARC II processor modules ranging from 300MHz to 450MHz with variable cache sizes, providing binary compatibility with Solaris operating environment applications.

Rave Computers RackMount-U60 is ideally suited for computing applications in telecommunications, medical imaging, graphical imaging, data analysis and networking. All of Rave Computers integrated systems come with a one-year warranty.

Rave Computer Association, Inc., provides a range of system solutions built to customers specifications. Rave Computers relationship with Sun Microelectronics and Sun Solaris software, both divisions of Sun Microsystems Inc., provides Rave Computer access to new technology and product support. Rave Computers other services include hardware depot and maintenance services, technical phone support and private-labeling services. Rave Computer also offers flexible leasing programs through its sister company, Rave Financial Services, Inc. Visit their web site at: www.rave.com.

I. B. – ON-LINE! DETECTIVE RELEASE 13.0 BIGGER BETTER

Waterford, MI–March 29, 2000–Version 13.0 of the On-Line! Detective for Sun is filled with new benefits to the end-user. New features include a global search engine, hundreds of new part numbers and X-options, detailed Solaris 7 information, a break out of SunVTS and much more. “The search engine was user driven and definitely enhances the value of the tool by providing quicker access to information,” states Al Hoskins, CTO at SoftTech Solutions. “The 10,000 plus pages of the Detective are much more manageable with this enhanced search engine.”

The On-Line! Detective is a software package benefiting those who interface with Sun equipment. Key users of the Detective include system administrators, field engineers, help desk personnel and resellers of Sun systems. The Detective saves time in finding answers or resolving problems, maximizes Sun system uptime and reduces the long-term cost of owning and upgrading Sun equipment.

The Detective has enhanced its troubleshooting information for memory and disk drives. The Detective’s new “Memory Troubleshooting” guides users through a complete troubleshooting flowchart to make sense of complex memory errors. This module also defines and explains “Catastrophic/Correctable” memory errors and provides troubleshooting tips and techniques. In like fashion, the Detective has a troubleshooting module for Disk Drives. This offers tips for determining and resolving disk problems, retrieving data from a problematic drive and a comprehensive flowchart that quickly flushes out problems and determines the root cause.

The Detective continues to provide more value to system administrators by adding information to its Solaris module. Additional content includes: Solaris 7 Installation: installation methods, installation issues/bugs, patch analyzer, and troubleshooting/error messages. Solaris 7 Overview: Answerbook2, network management, and O/S information.

Panic: panic causes, bad traps, panic routine, capturing system crash information, core file analysis, hardware diagnosis/repair, and bug reports. File System: constructing the UNIX file system (UFS), disk partitions, organization, RAID, and backup information.

To receive information about the On-Line! Detective for Sun or to view a demo, access their website at www.sundetective.com or call (248) 738-7738.

I. C. – ANOTHER US FEDERAL AGENCY FINDS PORTABLE UNIX SEMPER FI

Cambridge,UK–March 16, 2000–M-business computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc of Cambridge today announced that its Tadpole-RDI hardware computing business unit has won its first portable Unix orders valued at over $1.5 million from the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The orders were secured by Government Technology Services Inc. (GTSI), one of Tadpole-RDI’s principal resellers for the US Federal Market, and include a $700,000 contract to supply its Sun-Solaris range of portable servers VoyagerIIi for use in C41 systems of the Marine Corps.

Bernard Hulme, group chief executive of Tadpole Technology plc, comments: “Federal agencies are now focused on the use of commercially-available computing solutions in operational command centres, and the small footprint and lightweight features of VoyagerIIi servers are proving winning features.”

About VoyagerIIi The size of a business directory and weighing around 10 lbs, Tadpole-RDI’s unique range of VoyagerIIi systems are powered by Sun Microsystems’ UltraSPARC-IIi processors and run in the 64-bit Solaris operating environment. They have all the features of large servers, with memory and removable disk capacity to 1GB and 32GB respectively.

About Tadpole-RDI Tadpole-RDI, Inc. www.tadpolerdi.com, a business unit of m-business computing vendor Tadpole Technology plc (LSE : TAD), is the global leader in portable UNIX workstations and servers for Sun and Hewlett-Packard operating systems and innovator of the world’s first range of rugged Java-enabled pen computers. 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.

I. D. – REPLACE SUN FE HANDBOOKS

SoftTech Solutions has developed a new tool to compete directly with Sun Field Engineer Handbooks. The On-Line! Detective for Sun – Standard Edition provides everything found in the handbooks and more. The Standard Edition offers a complete breakout of each Sun system. This includes full-colored photographs of individual systems and components, configuration rules and guidelines, all part numbers that are compatible with specific architecture and basic troubleshooting information. The Detective also includes information on the different Storage Arrays.

Included in the Standard Edition are all Sun part numbers with a cross-reference to the X-options or Sun’s marketing numbers. This reference is particularly helpful to those who are ordering or purchasing Sun parts. In addition, older part numbers are not purged, making it easy to find that obsolete item. There is also a complete listing of SCSI information including configuration rules, jumper setting, diagrams and compatibility tables.

If you are a current user of the Sun FE handbooks, you will appreciate the information found in the Detective. The Standard Edition of the Detective includes more information and better access to information, all at a lower price. A single user license of the Standard Edition is priced at $695. More information including a comparison chart between the two products can be found on SoftTech Solutions’ website at www.sundetective.com/products/comparison.htm.

SoftTech Solutions is a leading software developer of on-line support tools servicing the UNIX marketplace. SoftTech also provides customized UNIX training and CBT courses. The Professional Edition of the On-Line! Detective provides additional content specifically targeting system administrators and those supporting large Sun populations. The Professional Edition provides information on system tuning, Panics, system log interpretation, unique troubleshooting routines and diagnostics and a complete Solaris module. To receive information on either of the Detective products or to view a demo, access their website at www.sundetective.com or call (248) 738-7738.

II. SCD CERTIFIED & PVT 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. To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.

COMPANY CERTIFIED PRODUCT OS SCD DATE
Sun Microsystems Sun Netra T1 Model 105 (360Mhz) Solaris 7 2.1 03/10/00
Sun Microsystems Sun Netra T1 Model 100 (440Mhz) Solaris 7 2.1 03/10/00
Sun Microsystems Sun Netra T1 Model 105 (440Mhz) Solaris 7 2.1 03/10/00
COMPANY VERIFIED PRODUCT OS SCD DATE
Kingston 512Mb for Sun Netra T1 Solaris 7 2.1 03/13/00

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-V8 $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 & IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4 & IS) $40.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4.1 & IS) NEW!! $40.00
Type 5 Keyboard Interface License $99.00



Please contact SPARC International’s SPARC Shop at <<a href=”mailto:sparchop@sparc.org”>sparcshop@sparc.org> or Tel: 408 748-9111 x240 for lead times on the manuals. Thank you.


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

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

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

Additional information about SPARC International, its members and its certification programs is available via the World Wide Web <<a href=”http://sparc.org”>www.sparc.org> or via email <<a href=”mailto:info@sparc.com”>info@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 2000 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

February 29 , 2000

Issue No. 77

I. SPARC NEWS

  1. SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW CHAIRMAN AND CEO
  2. SPARC INTERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER TRANSTEC
  3. SPARC MACHINES WITH PREINSTALLED LINUX GET SUN NOD
  4. INTEL, SUN IN RIFT OVER INTEL’S ITANIUM CHIP
  5. TADPOLE-RDI INCREASES SELLING AND FIELD TRAINING CAPABILITIES OF SUN COMPUTING SOFTWARE AND E-COMMERCE VENDORS
  6. TATUNG UNVEILS NEW LINE OF 450 MHZ ULTRA SPARC, QUAD-PROCESSING SERVERS
  7. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., PROVIDES QUALITY CUSTOM INTEGRATION SERVICES FOR SPARC INDUSTRY FEATURING INTEGRATED TOWER-ULTRA60
  8. TADPOLE-RDI AIMS TO HELP FORSYTHE’S HEWLETT-PACKARD AND SUN MICROSYSTEMS CUSTOMERS “WORK SMARTER, INVEST BETTER”
  9. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. ANNOUNCES RAVE STORAGE SOLUTIONS

II. SCD CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN FEBRUARY

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – SPARC INTERNATIONL WELCOMES NEW CHAIRMAN AND CEO

Santa Clara, CA–February 1, 2000–The SPARC International (SI) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Karen Anaya as the new Chairman and CEO.

Ms. Anaya has been with SPARC International for over 10 years, serving as Trademark Coordinator, Testing & Branding Program Administrator, SPARCFLASH Editor & Chief, and Web Editor.

“I look forward to serve our over 100 members of SPARC International, many of whom have been members when I first joined SPARC International over 10 years ago. My goal is to grow our membership list and provide even more information to our membership by leveraging the internet economy” said Ms. Anaya.

Ms. Susan Kunz, SI Board member representing Sun Microsystems said, “Ms. Anaya was the obvious choice for Chairman and CEO. Not only, is she intimately familiar with the operations of SPARC International, but she brings incredible enthusiasm and commitment to the job. This is good for SPARC.”

I. B. – SPARC INERNATIONAL WELCOMES NEW MEMBER TRANSTEC

Wegbeschreibung, Germany–February 8, 2000–Transtec joined SPARC International.

Transtec is one of the leading computers vertreiber direct in Europe. For almost 20 years we have produced quickly, flexible and individually systems, computer and storage solutions. Network components, accessories and periphery devices round off our offer for Windows NT and UNIX. Next to the headquarters in Germany (Wegbeschreibung), we are also in Austria, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, that Netherlands Sweden represent and in Belgium.

For more information visit their web site at

www.transtec.de.

I. C. – SPARC MACHINES WITH PREINSTALLED LINUX GET SUN NOD

Suggested: SPARC systems will ship with Linux — but not Sun brand name

By Dominique Deckmyn and Robin Robinson 02/07/2000 Sun Microsystems Inc. made another cautious move into the Linux market at the LinuxWorld show last week, announcing that Bell Microproducts Inc. in San Jose will start shipping Linux servers based on Sun hardware.

The rack-mountable servers won’t bear the Sun brand name, but instead will feature the “UltraSPARC Driven” logo that already appears on a variety of devices such as printers (but thus far, no computers) that have embedded Sun UltraSPARC processors.

Linux already runs on SPARC systems, but until now there was no officially sanctioned channel to buy systems with Linux preinstalled. The system boards aren’t the same design as those used in Sun’s own servers. Pricing starts at $2,099.

I. D. – INTEL, SUN IN RIFT OVER INTEL’S ITANIUM CHIP

Palm Springs, CA (Reuters) – Intel Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. are in a rift over Sun’s commitment to Intel’s forthcoming Itanium chip.

Earlier on Tuesday, the San Jose Mercury News reported that the two Silicon Valley companies are involved in a quiet dispute over Sun’s commitment to a new version of its Solaris operating system that runs on Intel’s new Itanium processor, which is expected to be launched in the second half of 2000.

“We don’t see the momentum in terms of support,” Paul Otellini, an Intel executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s architecture business group, said at a press briefing, when asked about the Mercury News report.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun is one of several companies developing versions of their operating systems to run on Intel’s new 64-bit processor, called Itanium. Other companies include Microsoft Corp. , International Business Machines Corp. , and several companies working on a 64-bit version of Linux in an effort called the Trillian Group.

The Itanium chip is expected to be initially targeted to high performance servers running Web sites, conducting transactions and other corporate server applications. The chips will also be targeted to the engineering workstation market, all of which are Sun’s key target markets for its own line of servers and workstations that run its Sparc processor and Solaris. Solaris is Sun’s version of the Unix operating system.

“They are just giving it a half-hearted effort,” said Ron Curry, director of marketing for Intel’s microprocessor products group. “They are not out there driving the ISVs (independent software developers), they are not out there promoting Solaris on IA-64 (Intel’s new architecture).”

A Sun Microsystems spokesman said he does not agree with Intel.

“I would disagree with the comments that we are not committed to the program,” said David Harrah, a Sun spokesman. ”That is entirely untrue.” He also note that Solaris was one of the first operating systems to boot up on the first test systems that ran the first Itanium chips last August. “We are pushing ahead on the whole thing.”

Harrah also noted that many software developers are downloading Solaris on Intel from Sun’s Web site, since the company made the source code available to developers. “There are a lot of people out there taking it, looking at it, kicking it around.”

I. E. – TADPOLE-RDI INCREASES SELLING AND FIELD TRAINING CAPABILITIES OF SUN COMPUTING SOFTWARE AND E-COMMERCE VENDORS

With 440MHz UltraSPARC(R)-IIi processors to power VoyagerIIi portable servers, software vendors can demonstrate more compute-intensive enterprise applications and solutions in the field at minimum cost Carlsbad, CA–February 9, 2000–Tadpole-RDI, Inc., today announced a twenty-two percent increase in computing power for its Sun-compatible range of portable VoyagerIIi servers. The upgrade of Tadpole’s portable server range takes effect immediately. Now powered by 440MHz UltraSPARC-IIi processors, Sun computing software vendors equipped with the latest VoyagerIIi specification will be able to demonstrate more compute-intensive enterprise Solaris applications and solutions at customer premises and trade shows at minimum cost. VoyagerIIi servers powered by 360MHz UltraSPARC-IIi processors will continue to be sold by the vendor. “Providing Sun Microsystems customers with increasingly powerful and effective tools that help them work smarter in the field and improve their profitability is a fundamental role of this business,” says Una Richens, vice president of sales and marketing at Tadpole-RDI. She adds: “The addition of the 440MHz UltraSPARC-IIi processor to the VoyagerIIi range is further demonstration of our commitment to Sun’s technologies and Tadpole-RDI’s vision in extending the mobile applications of 64-bit Solaris computing.”

I. F. – TATUNG UNVEILS NEW LINE OF 450 MHZ, QUAD-PROCESSING SERVERS

Milpitas, CA–February 14, 2000–Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. (TSTI), celebrating more than 10 years of commitment to the SPARC(R) systems market, today introduced the COMPstation U4MP Series Model 4450, a high-end server that unleashes new levels of power, supporting up to four 450 MHz UltraSPARC-II processors and 4 GB of memory. The new system expands Tatung’s use of the PCI I/O bus as an integral design component of the company’s SPARC-based workstations and servers, which are installed at tens of thousands of user sites throughout North America.

As Tatung’s highest-performing quad-processing system to date, the COMPstation 4450 is now shipping in both rack mount and tower configurations. The compact, rack mount servers meet the demanding needs of Internet Service Providers (ISP), OEMs and industrial, commercial and communications applications.

Tatung has also announced a price reduction on the COMPstation U60-2450 series which is equipped with a new motherboard that supports up to 4 GB of memory and dual UPA graphics. Both features make the system ideal for Internet, industrial and graphics-intensive applications such as CAD or MCAD/MCAE design. The COMPstation U60-2450(1) shares these features – support of up to 4 GB of memory and dual UPA graphics slots – with Sun Microsystem’s recent announcement, the Ultra 80 system, but boasts a space-saving design at a more attractive price.

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. G. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., PROVIDES QUALITY CUSTOM INTEGRATION SERVICES FOR SPARC INDUSTRY FEATURING INTEGRATED TOWER-ULTRA60

Sterling Heights, MI–February 2, 2000– Rave Computer Association, Inc., an authorized Sun(R) Master value-added System Integrator, announces its expanded hardware integration services for the SPARC industry worldwide.

Rave Computer Association, Inc., currently integrates Sun Microelectronics dual processor Ultra60 board into a mid-tower chassis. The mid-tower chassis allows for two internal drive bays, one external 5.25 drive bay and two external 3.5 drive bays, and a 350-Watt power supply.

The Ultra60 features up to 2 GB of memory, onboard fast Ethernet and ultra SCSI interfaces, four 64-bit PCI slots, three at 33MHz and one at 66MHz, and two 100/120MHz UPA graphic slots. The Ultra60 supports from one to two UltraSPARC-II processor modules ranging from 300MHz to 450MHz with variable cache sizes, providing binary compatibility with Solaris operating environment applications.

The Ultra60 is ideally suited for computing applications in telecommunications, medical imaging, graphical imaging, data analysis and networking systems. All of Rave Computer integrated systems feature a one-year warranty.

I. H. – TADPOLE-RDI AIMS TO HELP FORSYTHE’S HEWLETT-PACKARD AND SUN MICROSYSTEMS CUSTOMERS “WORK SMARTER, INVEST BETTER”

Tadpole-RDI’s new channel partner, Forsythe Solutions Group, launching first nationwide portable Unix campaign to improve operational efficiency and returns on IT investments of customers

Carlsbad, CA–17 February 2000–Tadpole-RDI, Inc., the mobile hardware business unit of Tadpole Technology plc, today announced the appointment of Forsythe Solutions Group, Inc. of Skokie (IL) as a channel partner for its ranges of portable Unix workstations and servers.

The appointment signals the launch of Forsythe’s nationwide “work smarter, invest better through portable Unix” campaign aimed at making anytime-anywhere computing professionals at its fifteen hundred plus Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems corporate customers more productive. Forsythe also aims to show its customers how portable Unix can be a generator of better returns on future IT investments.

Forsythe’s campaign addresses the computing needs and practices of numerous groups within an enterprise. A particular focus will be system administrators, software and e-commerce application developers and network managers, whose roles are increasingly field-based or undertaken outside corporate offices, such as at home. Traditional Hewlett-Packard or Sun Microsystems desktops are ill-suited for the increasing mobility and round-the-clock availability required of these Unix computing professionals desktops are too bulky to carry, require too much space for home use, and, being unable to withstand the rigors and demands of “field” computing, incur regular maintenance costs. The small footprint, reliability and low weight of designed-to-travel portable Unix hardware resolve these issues.

The trend towards increasing mobility of workforces is a subject high on the corporate agenda; a recent Gartner Group study suggested that the proportion of a corporation’s workforce undertaking tasks outside office walls will rise from its current fifteen percent to some forty percent by 2002.

For more information visit their web site at www.tadpolerdi.com.

I. I. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. ANNOUNCES RAVE STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Sterling Heights, MI–February 9, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc. today announces Rave Storage Solutions designed to provide storage systems connectivity and complete storage solutions for the growing information storage requirements of its customers. Rave Storage products offer tape back up, RAID, and JBOD sub-systems configuration solutions. Fiber channel connectivity and interoperability support will be provided for all products from its partnered suppliers and for its own Rave family of custom-configured systems. By leveraging partnership resources with its own Rave Storage solutions, will provide virtually any state of the art configuration of JBOD, RAID or tape automation for Network Application Support (NAS) or Storage Area Networks (SAN) storage solutions.

Rave Computers partners include alliances with component manufacturers for fiber channel connectivity, enclosures, RAID controllers, disk and tape drives, and RAID and tape automation sub systems. As client/server concepts continue to gain popularity, customers are asking for more sophisticated solutions for storage, storage retrieval, and data backup. With the diverse growth of applications and increased demands for high availability storage solutions, Rave Computer is uniquely positioned with the right product mix and technical knowledge.

In the years to come, the demand for storage will intensify. Technology will evolve into being automated with superior data management capabilities, said Bev LeBoeuf, director of marketing for Rave Computer Association, Inc., Rave will continue to offer the latest solutions that our customers can build upon for their computing and storage requirements.

More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and Rave Systems can be found on the worldwide web at www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283.

II. SCD CERTIFIED 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. To view the master list, please access our web site at www.sparc.org or send email to info@sparc.org.

COMPANY PRODUCTC OS SCD DATE
Tatung COMPstation 4MP U45445QR Solaris 7 2.1 02/21/00
Tatung COMPstation 4MP U45445R Solaris 7 2.1 02/21/00
Tatung COMPstation 4MP U45445T Solaris 7 2.1 02/21/00
Sun Ultra 5 PGX24 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Enterprise Ultra 5S Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 10 Elite3D m3 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 10 PGX24 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 10 Creator Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 10 Creator3D Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 10 Elite3D m3 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 10 Elite3D m6 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 1360 Creator3D Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 1360 Elite3D m3 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 1360 Elite3D m6 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 2360 Creator3D Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 2360 Elite3D m3 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 2360 Elite3D m6 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 1450 Creator3D Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 1450 Elite3D m3 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 1450 Elite3D m6 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 2450 Creator3D Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 2450 Elite3D m3 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 60 2450 Elite3D m6 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 80 4450 Creator3D Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 80 4450 PGX32 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra 80 4450 Elite3D m6 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra Enterprise 2 1400 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra Enterprise 2 2400 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Enterprise 250 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Enterprise 3500 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Enterprise 4500 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Enterprise 5500 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Enterprise 6500 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00
Sun Ultra Enterprise 10000 Solaris 8 2.1 02/22/00

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-V8 $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 & IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4 & IS) $40.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4.1 & IS) NEW!! $40.00
SPARC Technical Papers $56.00
SPARC Strategy & Technology $40.00
Type 5 Keyboard Interface License $99.00

Please contact SPARC International’s SPARC Shop at <<a href=”mailto:sparchop@sparc.org”>sparcshop@sparc.org> or Tel: 408 748-9111 x240 for lead times on the manuals. Thank you.


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

– Managing Editor –

Cheryl Hostetler

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

Additional information about SPARC International, its members and its certification programs is available via the World Wide Web <<a href=”http://sparc.org”>www.sparc.org> or via email <<a href=”mailto:info@sparc.com”>info@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 2000 Monthly Bulletin For Users Of SPARC Based Products

January 31 , 2000

Issue No. 76

I. SPARC NEWS

  1. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. OFFERS MOST POWERFUL RANGE OF PORTABLE WORKSTATIONS FOR SPARC(R) CUSTOMERS
  2. SUN DEBUTS SOLARIS[TM] 8 OPERATING ENVIRONMENT, THE ONLY OPERATING ENVIRONMENT THAT MARRIES DATACENTER AND DOTCOM REQUIREMENTS
  3. TADPOLE-RDI LAUNCHES ITS MOST POWERFUL RANGE OF PORTABLE WORKSTATIONS FOR SUN MICROSYSTEMS CUSTOMERS
  4. RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., ANNOUNCES NEW RACKMOUNT CHASSIS FOR SUN ULTRA AX-MP MOTHERBOARD
  5. EMPRESS DATABASE NOW AVAILABLE ON FREE, OPEN-SOURCE OPERATING SYSTEM, FREE BSD

II. PVT CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN JANUARY

III. SPARCSHOP


I. SPARC News

I. A. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC. OFFERS MOST POWERFUL RANGE OF PORTABLE WORKSTATIONS FOR SPARC(R) CUSTOMERS

Sterling Heights, MI–January 26, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc., a leading North America Tadpole-RDI reseller, announces the availability of most powerful range of portable workstations for SPARC customers.

Designated UltraBookIIi, the power, performance and features of the new workstations underline Tadpole-RDI’s leadership in the specialty field of portable Sun-Solaris computing.

Tadpole-RDI’s UltraBook workstations are more practical for mobile use than traditional desktop hardware, and are aimed at making Sun-Solaris computing users in industry and government more productive and cost-effective.

UltraBookIIi is shipped with Solaris 7 as operating system, together with OpenWindows 3x; AutoNET software tools plus NTP, NIS+, DHCP, NFS and DNS, as well as Java tools – Java virtual machine and HotJava browser. The portable workstation complies with leading national and international regulations for safety and EMC, including UL and ITE-FCC Part 15.

Rave Computer Association Inc. based in Michigan, located at 36960 Metro Court, Sterling Heights, MI 48312. or more information, contact Rave Computer at 1-800-966-7283 or email to info@rave.com.


I. B. – SUN DEBUTS SOLARIS™ 8 OPERATING ENVIRONMENT, THE ONLY OPERATING ENVIRONMENT THAT MARRIES DATACENTER AND DOTCOM REQUIREMENTS

With Free Solaris Source and End-User Binary Programs, Industry’s First-of-Its-Kind System Admin Portal and a Wealth of Critical Features, the Solaris 8 Operating Environment Emerges as the Dotcom Operating Environment

Palo Alto, CA–January 26, 2000–Sun Microsystems Inc. today unveiled the Solaris[tm] 8 Operating Environment, the first to satisfy the convergent requirements of enterprises adapting to the Internet age and of dotcoms adopting the disciplines of the datacenter. Sun also announced free access to the Solaris source and end-user binary code to foster innovation and ubiquity.

The Solaris 8 Operating Environment is available for both the SPARC[tm] and Intel platforms. In addition to the operating system software, the Solaris Operating Environment includes a comprehensive co-package of software from Sun, iPlanet[tm] E-Commerce Solutions[tm], Oracle and others. Already the hands-down leader in customer satisfaction, new features in Solaris 8 software drive the five critical requirements for Internet-based systems — scalability, availability, manageability, security and connectivity — to new heights.

In addition, Sun guarantees application compatibility with earlier versions of the Solaris Operating Environment through verification testing, unlike other operating systems that require major recompiling and recoding. “CEOs tell me that their No. 1 business worry is that the Internet is stressing traditional IT infrastructures. This past holiday season, they saw firsthand how service levels can make or break a dotcom business,” said Edward J. Zander, president and COO, Sun Microsystems. “The Solaris 8 Operating Environment delivers service levels that meet the new requirements, while also reducing cost and risk.”

For more information visit our web site at www.sun.com.


I. C. – TADPOLE-RDI LAUNCHES ITS MOST POWERFUL RANGE OF PORTABLE WORKSTATIONS FOR SUN MICROSYSTEMS CUSTOMERS

New generation of portable Sun-compatible workstations for enterprise software and e-business application vendors, network service providers, and forward military command centers for ground and airborne information-processing units.

Carlsbad (CA), January 14, 2000 – Tadpole-RDI, Inc., a business unit of mobile computing specialist Tadpole Technology plc, today announced the launch of its most powerful range of portable workstations for Sun Microsystems customers.

Designated UltraBookIIi, the power, performance and features of the new workstations underline Tadpole-RDI’s leadership in the specialist field of portable Sun-Solaris computing.

Tadpole-RDI’s UltraBook workstations are more practical for mobile use than traditional desktop hardware, and are aimed at making Sun-Solaris computing users in industry and government more productive and cost-effective. Threefold productivity gains are achieved frequently.

The real world benefits of increased productivity and lower operating costs associated with portability for Sun customers are laid out on Tadpole-RDI’s website www.tadpolerdi.com/tco/index.html.

UltraBookIIi is shipped with Solaris 7, 2.6, 2.5.1 as operating system, together with OpenWindows 3x, AutoNET software tools plus NTP, NIS+, DHCP, NFS and DNS, as well as Java tools – Java virtual machine and HotJava browser. The portable workstation complies with leading national and international regulations for safety and EMC, including UL and ITE-FCC Part 15.

Tadpole-RDI, Inc.’s headquarters are based in Carlsbad, California and European operations in Cambridge, England. For more information visit their web site at www.tapolerdi.com


I. D. – RAVE COMPUTER ASSOCIATION, INC., ANNOUNCES NEW RACKMOUNT CHASSIS FOR SUN ULTRA AX-MP MOTHERBOARD

Sterling Heights, MI–January 21, 2000–Rave Computer Association, Inc., an authorized Sun Master value-added System Integrator, announces a new 4U form factor rackmount chassis for the UltraAXmp.

Rave Computer Association, Inc. integrates Sun’s UltraAXmp motherboard into a 4U 19-inch rackmountable chassis. The UltraAXmp is a scalable 64-bit UltraSPARC multi-processing motherboard with a unique Ultra Port Architecture (UPA) that enables the CPU bus bandwidth to be increased to 3.2 gigabytes per second via a custom cross bar switch. This large processor bandwidth enables scaling of up to four UltraSPARC-II microprocessor modules (currently shipping at 400MHz with 4MB cache). The motherboard supports up to 4 GB of memory, features integrated dual-channel Ultra-wide SCSI, and six PCI slots, four at 33MHz and two at 66MHz. The 4U standard chassis configurations include three 5.25 half-height exposed drive bays, two 3.5 low profile hidden bays, three removable load-sharing 300-Watt power supplies, and three 93-CFM cooling fans.

The 4U-AXmp can be pre-installed with Solaris 2.7 and is binary compatible with the broad array of current SPARC applications. Red Hat Linux 6.1 is offered as an optional operating system for the UltraAXmp. All of Rave Computer integrated systems feature a one-year warranty.

The powerful multiprocessing features found in the UltraAXmp provides an ideal solutions for telecommunication servers, ISP applications or specialized commercial and financial applications.

More information about Rave Computer Association, Inc., and its integration services can be found on their web site at: www.rave.net or by calling 1-800-966-7283. Email inquiries can be sent to: info@rave.com.


I. E. – EMPRESS DATABASE NOW AVAILABLE ON FREE, OPEN-SOURCE OPERATING SYSTEM, FREE BSD

Greenbelt, MD–January 26, 2000–Empress Software, developers of the EMPRESS Relational Database Management System, announces the immediate availability of the EMPRESS RDBMS on FreeBSD, the freely distributed, open source code UNIX operating system. Empress hi-tech data management software features the ANSI-SQL EMPRESS RDBMS, an Internet application development toolkit, JDBC Interface, ODBC server and other companion products for rapid development of database applications. EMPRESS on FreeBSD delivers performance, scalability, and reliability designed to build E-commerce, Web, embedded and other scientific and engineering applications.

EMPRESS RDBMS operating in a FreeBSD environment optimizes performance and reliability. For data intensive applications, EMPRESS easily stores and retrieves heavy loads of information. The fast, robust database engine supports high volume electronic commerce Web sites with constant traffic and gigantic downloads. And EMPRESS on FreeBSD offers solid reliability for Internet service providers and developers building traffic intensive Web sites.

Empress Software develops and supports the Empress Relational Database Management System. The EMPRESS RDBMS is one of the most powerful and cost-effective development databases especially designed for developers operating on UNIX, Windows or real-time environments. Empress has been utilized successfully in diverse 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.

II. PVT CERTIFIED TESTING ADDITIONS IN JANUARY

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.

COMPANY PRODUCTC OS SCD DATE
Hitachi America DK32AH-18LW Solaris 7 2.1 01/09/00
Hitachi America DK32AH-36LW Solaris 7 2.1 01/09/00

III. SPARCSHOP

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Currently available

The SPARC Architecture Manual, Version 8 $50.00
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Implementation Characteristics of Current SPARC-V9 based products $25.00
Mbus Interface Specification (Version 1.2) $40.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 1.1) $20.00
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SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.2) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.3 & IS) $20.00
SPARC Compliance Definition (SCD 2.4 & IS) $40.00
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Type 5 Keyboard Interface License $99.00



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