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Fujitsu ScanSnap Continues to Shine with PC Magazine

For the Second Consecutive Year the Fujitsu ScanSnap Receives a 4 ½ out of 5 Rating from PC Magazine

SAN JOSE , Calif.
June 30, 2005

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., a market leader in document imaging scanners and services, today announced that the Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOX2 scanning solution received a 4 ½ out of 5 rating from PC Magazine based on its comprehensive technical scanner review.

This is the second year in a row that the Fujitsu ScanSnap received a 4 ½ out of 5 rating from PC Magazine. The compact color scanner boasts fast speeds, superior paper-handling and excellent image quality. Priced at $495, the Fujitsu ScanSnap includes Adobe® Acrobat® 7.0 Standard, ScanSnap Organizer™ version 1.0, and ScanSnap Manager™ version 2.0. With Acrobat 7.0 software, users can view, print, and search Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, create PDF documents from any application that prints, manage specialized content from Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, Access, Microsoft Office and Publisher (Windows only), password protect documents, combine application files into a single PDF document, and organize comments from multiple reviewers with sorting and filtering tools.

PC Magazine’s May 20, 2005, review commends the Fujitsu ScanSnap for its small frame and “blazingly fast” business card scanning speed. The article also notes, “As with the original, the whole of the package—a single scanner for documents and business cards—adds up to more than the sum of its parts.” The PC Magazine Fujitsu ScanSnap review can be found online at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1818213,00.asp.

“Receiving a 4 ½ out of 5 rating for the second year from PC Magazine is an honor for us,” said Victor Kan, vice president of sales and marketing, Imaging Products Group, Fujitsu Computer Products America of America, Inc. “It is great to receive such support from a highly-valued industry publication as PC Magazine. We look forward to continuing the success we’ve had with the Fujitsu ScanSnap since its inception in May 2003 and providing our customers with a reliable and effective scanning solution to meet their document imaging demands.”


About the Fujitsu ScanSnap fi-5110EOX2 Scanning Solution

The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner transforms paper into useful digital information at speeds of up to 15 pages per minute (ppm) for single-sided documents and 30 images per minute (ipm) for double-sided documents. Multi-page documents containing color, black and white, and text and graphic information on both sides can be processed into authentic, searchable PDF files with the bundled Acrobat 7.0 Standard software. The resulting PDF documents are stored in the Windows file system on a local PC or network allowing the user to organize, share, protect and interact with this information as they would with any other electronic file.

The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanning solution also provides business professionals with a simple, fast, easy to use method for converting information contained on paper into digital Adobe PDF files at the touch of a button. The ScanSnap scanner’s “always on” convenience, connectivity, and amazingly small footprint allow it to sit comfortably on any desk. The ScanSnap scanner also reinvented the “one-button” approach which eliminates elaborate scanning applications and the need for cumbersome driver interfaces.

Pricing and Availability

The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanning solution is now available for $495 (U.S. list) through the Fujitsu web site located at http://scansnap.fujitsu.com, via mail order catalogs, and via Fujitsu authorized resellers including, CDW (http://www.cdw.com), CDWG (http://www.cdwg.com), DELL (http://www.dell.com), Insight (http://www.insight.com), Merrimack/PC Connection (http://www.pcconnection.com), PCMall (http://www.pcmall.com), PCNation (http://www.pcnation.com) and Tiger Direct (http://www.tigerdirect.com). The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner comes bundled with Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Standard software making the product an outstanding value.

The Fujitsu Service Advantage

The Fujitsu ScanSnap scanner comes standard with a 1-year depot limited warranty. Additionally, the Advance Exchange™ service offering, Fujitsu’s overnight replacement program, provides the customer a replacement scanner prior to shipment of any malfunctioned scanner back to Fujitsu. The Advance Exchange offering for the ScanSnap scanner is offered as an upgrade during the limited warranty period for only $59 or on a yearly basis post-warranty for only $99 at point of sale or $159 after (contract and agreement required for replacement unit).

For more information about Fujitsu services, contact a Fujitsu distribution partner or service sales at 800-301-9475 or visit http://www.ImagingService.com.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.
For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in San Jose, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America currently offers products and services including scanners and scanner maintenance, hard disk drives, and Magneto-Optical drives. Fujitsu Computer Products of America is located at 2904 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA, 95134. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-432-6333.
For more information, please see: http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com


Press Contacts

Shareen Harvey
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
Tel: 408-894-3926
E-mail:sharvey@fcpa.fujitsu.com

Jennifer Reynolds
Voce Communications, Inc.
Tel: 650-228-5180
E-mail:jreynolds@vocecomm.com


Copyright 2005 Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. All rights reserved. Fujitsu and the Fujitsu logo are registered trademarks and The Possibilities are Infinite is a trademark of Fujitsu Ltd. Advance Exchange is a trademark of Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Statements herein are based on normal operating conditions and are not intended to create any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, our services, products, and their warranty and performance specifications.

      

Fujitsu Announces Global Launch Of Its Contactless Palm Vein Authentication Technology

New Fujitsu Solution Offers Industry-Leading Biometric Authentication Technology for High-Security Applications in Global Markets

SAN JOSE , Calif.
June 30, 2005

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world’s leading suppliers of hard disk drives and computer peripherals and a market leader in document imaging scanners and services, today announced its new contactless palm vein authentication device to the North American market as part of Fujitsu’s global launch. There is increasing demand worldwide from governments to private sectors (including enterprises and individuals) for leading-edge biometric security technology. Fujitsu will strive to meet these needs and aim to promote its advanced security palm vein authentication technology with the goal of creating a de-facto standard in high-security markets.

Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication technology works by utilizing the unique characteristic of deoxidized hemoglobin. The palm vein device captures the palm image while radiating it with near-infrared rays. The deoxidized hemoglobin in the palm vein absorbs these rays, thereby reducing the reflection rate and causing the veins to appear as a black pattern. This vein pattern is then verified against the pre-registered pattern to authenticate the individual1. As veins are internal in the body and have a wealth of differentiating features, assuming false identity through forgery is extremely difficult, thereby enabling an extremely high level of security.

In addition to providing outstanding security, ease of use of Fujitsu’s palm vein device is key. The user simply places the palm of the hand above the reader and the machine does all the work, creating a contactless, hygienic solution necessary for public areas.

Fujitsu’s palm vein device is distinctive because its sensor is only able to recognize the pattern if hemoglobin is actively flowing through the person’s veins. Additionally, research to date by Fujitsu indicates that each individual’s palm vein pattern is unique, even in the case of identical twins. These factors give Fujitsu’s palm vein device an edge over competing biometric identification products

“This is an important announcement for Fujitsu because it establishes Fujitsu as a leader in the development of next generation biometric authentication,” said Joel Hagberg, vice president, marketing and business development, Fujitsu Computer Products of America. “The biometric industry will experience dramatic growth in the coming years as organizations implement improvements in IT and infrastructure security. We are very excited to compete in this marketplace to meet growing customer needs.”

Fujitsu’s palm vein authentication technology is based on more than two decades of image recognition experience. The company decided to aggressively pursue this because the biometric security industry is expected to have dramatic adoption growth in the near future.

Applications for Fujitsu’s palm vein technology are vast and span several vertical markets, including security, financial/banking, access control, healthcare and government applications. Several Fujitsu customers in Japan have already adopted the palm vein device for the following appplications: identification purposes in financial institutions; access control for high-security areas; and customer and employee identification.

Fujitsu plans to demonstrate this biometric system at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis, MN from July 8-10, 2005. Fujitsu’s palm vein technology will also be on display within the Fujitsu North American TRIOLE2 Integration Center, located in the security lab in Sunnyvale, CA, for demonstration to customers and prospects.


About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.
For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com

About Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. conducts engineering and marketing activities in San Jose, CA and sales operations throughout the United States. Fujitsu Computer Products of America currently offers products and services including scanners and scanner maintenance, hard disk drives, and Magneto-Optical drives. Fujitsu Computer Products of America is located at 2904 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA, 95134. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or 408-432-6333.
For more information, please see: http://www.fcpa.fujitsu.com


Press Contacts

Jason Baker
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc.
Tel: 408-894-3803
E-mail:jbaker@fcpa.fujitsu.com

Matthew Podboy
Voce Communications
Tel: 650-228-5178
E-mail:mpodboy@vocecomm.com


Copyright 2005 Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. All rights reserved. Fujitsu and the Fujitsu logo are registered trademarks and The Possibilities are Infinite is a trademark of Fujitsu Ltd. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Statements herein are based on normal operating conditions and are not intended to create any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. reserves the right to modify at any time without notice these statements, services, products, as well as warranty and performance specifications.

1 Fujitsu’s internal research resulted in a false acceptance rate of less than 0.00008% and a false rejection rate of only 0.01%. False acceptance rate is a rate at which someone other than the actual person is falsely recognized. False rejection rate is a rate at which the actual person is not recognized accurately.

2 TRIOLE: Fujitsu’s IT strategy that allows companies to introduce the latest technological innovations while reducing system complexity and TCO, and resolve many common IT infrastructure issues. TRIOLE optimizes IT infrastructure by offering products based on three core technologies: Virtualization, Automation and Integration and a system development methodology. [Cautionary Statement] The Press Releases may contain forward-looking statements that are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. See also: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/about/ir/cautionary_statement.html

      

Sun Microsystems to Strengthen Its Position in the Business Integration Market With Agreement to Acquire SeeBeyond for $387 Million in Cash

Transaction Would Join Sun’s Java Enterprise System and Solaris Operating System with SeeBeyond Offerings
Combination to Create Ideal Partner for Customers and Systems Integrators Focused on Service Oriented Architectures (SOA)

SAN FRANCISCO
JavaOne(SM) Developer Conference
June 28, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and SeeBeyond Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: SBYN) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Sun to acquire SeeBeyond. The acquisition of SeeBeyond, a leader in enterprise integration, with trailing 12 month revenues of approximately $167 million and 2,000 customers worldwide, will allow Sun to create what it believes will be the industry’s most complete offering for the development, deployment and management of enterprise applications and Service Oriented Architectures (SOA).

Under the terms of the agreement approved by both boards of directors, SeeBeyond stockholders will receive $4.25 per share in cash for each SeeBeyond share for an aggregate value of approximately $387 million, including the assumption of employee stock options.

“Building on the exciting news unveiled yesterday at JavaOne, today’s announcement reinforces our vision for the future of the Java platform,” said Scott McNealy, chairman and chief executive officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Sun is well positioned to partner with systems integrators worldwide in serving the global market. Both they and our mutual customers are increasingly focused not only on the world of web services, but the secure integration of those business processes through service oriented architectures (SOA). This acquisition strengthens our software portfolio and opens new growth and partnering opportunities worldwide.”

McNealy continued, “Our recent acquisition activity reinforces our strategy to be a consolidator of innovations in the IT industry and underscores our commitment to heterogeneity. The next wave is about the integration of business systems and today’s acquisition of SeeBeyond signifies an early and forceful move to establish a leadership position in this space. Together, we will be able to deliver what other vendors only have in their vision papers – an ideal platform for business and systems integrators to build the next generation applications of the future.”

“Since last year, we have actively worked with Sun on joint SOA-based architectural and vertical solutions,” said Jim Demetriades, founder and chief executive officer, SeeBeyond. “The results of these efforts are already being seen through work with joint customers such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, which is actively leveraging our technologies to drive dynamic cost savings and process improvement.”

“This transaction will combine the leader in Java and web services with a leader in integration, bringing to market what we believe to be the most comprehensive and productive application development platform suite available today,” adds Demetriades.

Sun continues to integrate more services into its software portfolio. The Solaris Operating System, which ships with all Sun software suites, is the foundation of this integrated set of services – called the Java Enterprise System. The Java Enterprise System includes: Sun Java System Application Platform Suite, Sun Java System Communication Suite, Sun Java System Identity Management Suite, Sun Java System Availability Suite and Sun Java System Web Infrastructure Suite.

The products, services and solutions currently offered by Sun and SeeBeyond are complementary with little overlap. SeeBeyond’s Integrated Composite Application Network (ICAN) Suite is a highly-integrated suite , bringing back-office integration, B2B integration, ETL Master Data Management, Business Process Management, Workflow, Business Activity Monitoring, Application Adapters, and a suite of graphical development tools for composite application creation based on web services. With SeeBeyond, Sun will extend the Java Enterprise System platform with a sixth suite, the Sun Java System Integration Suite. When combined with the most advanced operating system on the planet, Solaris 10, this new suite will make the Java Enterprise System an even more attractive environment for businesses and system integrators to build next-generation customer solutions.

The two companies established a go-to-market partnership in October 2004 to integrate these product lines in order to deliver a more powerful environment for customers. The combination of Sun’s Java Enterprise System and SeeBeyond’s ICAN suite will result in a highly integrated and productive environment for the development of SOA-based enterprise applications.

Following completion of the proposed transaction, which is expected to occur in early Fall 2005, SeeBeyond will be integrated with Sun . In the interim, a joint team with representatives of both companies will develop integration plans that build upon the technological, product and cultural synergies as well as the best business and product development practices of both companies.

Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval, SeeBeyond shareholder approval and other customary closing conditions.

The management teams of both companies will host a financial analyst and investor conference call today at 5:15 am PDT. The call can be accessed at 888-692-0418 (U.S.) or 706-643-7750 (outside U.S.) with conference call ID #7453321. The conference call will also be webcast at http://www.sun.com/investors. For those unable to listen to the live conference call, a telephone replay will be available at 800-642-1687 (U.S.) or 706-645-9291 (outside U.S.). The telephone replay will be available beginning June 28, 2005 at 7:00 a.m. PDT through July 5, 2005 at 9:00 p.m. PDT.

Safe Harbor

This Press Releases contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the strengthening of Sun’s position in the enterprise application platform and SOA markets as a result of the acquisition, the expected growth of these markets, the anticipated product and services that Sun expects to offer its customers as a result of the acquisition, and the expected timing for closing the acquisition in early Fall 2005. Such statements are just predictions and involve risks and uncertainties such that actual results and performance may differ materially. Factors that might cause such a difference include the failure to (1) receive regulatory approval and approval from SeeBeyond’s stockholders for the acquisition, (2) successfully integrate SeeBeyond, its products and its employees into Sun and achieve expected synergies, (3) compete successfully in the highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace for enterprise application platform and SOA products and services, and (4) retain SeeBeyond’s key employees. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Sun’s periodic reports that are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Sun’s annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarters ended September 26, 2004, December 26, 2004 and March 27, 2005.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

SeeBeyond has agreed to file a proxy statement in connection with the proposed acquisition. The proxy statement will be mailed to the stockholders of SeeBeyond. SeeBeyond’s stockholders are urged to read the proxy statement and other relevant materials when they become available because they will contain important information about the acquisition and SeeBeyond. Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of these documents (when they are available) and other documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the documents filed with the SEC by SeeBeyond by going to SeeBeyond’s Investor Relations page on its corporate website at www.seebeyond.com.

In addition, SeeBeyond and its officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from SeeBeyond’s stockholders with respect to the acquisition. A description of any interests that SeeBeyond’s officers and directors have in the acquisition will be available in the proxy statement. In addition, Sun may be deemed to be participating in the solicitation of proxies from SeeBeyond’s stockholders in favor of the approval of the acquisition. Information concerning Sun’s directors and executive officers is set forth in Sun’s proxy statement for its 2004 annual meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on September 22, 2004, and annual report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on September 13, 2004. These documents are available free of charge at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov or by going to Sun’s Investor Relations page on its corporate website at www.sun.com.


About SeeBeyond

With more than 15 years of software innovation and real-world experience in integrating systems across Global 2000 organizations, SeeBeyond (Nasdaq: SBYN) delivers the industry’s first integrated composite application network built on a comprehensive integration platform. The SeeBeyond(R) Integrated Composite Application Network Suite helps organizations rapidly assemble and deploy enterprise-scale end-user applications built on existing systems and infrastructure to dramatically improve business operations. SeeBeyond has more than 2,000 customers worldwide, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, BHP Billiton, The Cleveland Clinic, The Dial Corporation, DuPont, Florida Power & Light, Fluor Daniel, Fujitsu, General Motors, Halliburton, Hertz Corporation, HP, Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, Samsung, Sprint and Sutter Health. For more information, please visit www.SeeBeyond.com.

SeeBeyond is a registered trademark of SeeBeyond Technology Corporation in the United States and select foreign countries. SeeBeyond Integrated Composite Application Network Suite is a trademark of SeeBeyond Technology Corporation. The absence of a trademark from this list does not constitute a waiver of SeeBeyond Technology Corporation’s intellectual property rights concerning that trademark. All other brands or product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Java, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.

      

Sun CEO Declares The Java Technology Community’s First Decade “Most Successful Community Effort Ever”

Presents the Annual Duke’s Choice Award to Java Innovators

SAN FRANCISCO
JavaOne(SM) Developer Conference
June 28, 2005

Today at Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) 10th Annual JavaOne Conference, Scott McNealy highlighted the success enjoyed by Java during the first 10 years of its life, empowering software engineers to build a ubiquitous computing infrastructure capable of delivering powerful services to consumers, developers and industry.

McNealy invited SeeBeyond’s CEO, Jim Demetriades, on-stage to discuss the announcement earlier that morning that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Sun to acquire SeeBeyond for $387 million in cash. Both CEOs detailed the synergies between the two companies’ product lines and sales forces. This acquisition will strengthen Sun’s software portfolio and open new growth and partnering opportunities.

Speaking on the second day of JavaOne 2005, McNealy, Sun’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, also pointed to future opportunities, particularly in education and health, where accelerated delivery of this low-cost, high-value, Java-based infrastructure can unite people with valuable sources of information and ultimately help eliminate society’s digital divide.

Highlighting today’s most promising innovations, McNealy also co-presented the annual Duke’s Choice Awards with Java technology inventor and Sun Fellow James Gosling, “The fact is that two and a half billion Java devices worldwide run Java and there are 4.5 million Java developers in every corner of the planet. Millions upon millions of Web users experience Java each time they go online and this means that the community has done a fantastic job of turning James Gosling’s vision for Java technology into reality. There is an opportunity now, to turn ubiquity of infrastructure into ubiquity of service. The industry has never seen a platform adoption rate like this before, “ McNealy said.

McNealy went on to map out today’s infrastructure: Java runs on 708 million phones, one billion smart cards, 700 million PCs and provides a powerful and scalable platform for 28 compatible application servers. Driving that infrastructure are more the millions of Java developers who are pushing the edge of innovation while protecting compatibility for all.

“Sun has always been fantastic at starting and fostering communities. The Java Community Process (JCP) is a great example. As the JCP steward, we have tried to stay in the background and out of the way of the over 900 contributing organizations. Their efforts and 10 years of results are truly amazing.” McNealy added. “The next community that I envision Sun growing is a free and open, self-paced, Web-based community for students to get access to the best curriculum on the planet. This community’s mission is to empower teachers, students, parents and to advance student achievement by providing access to quality open source content, a critical factor to success in learning. Global Education Learning Community (GELC) puts teachers a click-away from training, curriculum resources, and tools to train tomorrow’s workforce.”

Sun is demonstrating the power of Java technology as a community force by building the Global Education Learning Community (GELC). This education community that was founded last year is growing exponentially with 1,991 developers actively contributing to 291 Java and open source projects. Today the Peoples Republic of China’s Ministry of Education (MOE) and Korea’s Education and Research Information Service (KERIS) officially joined the GELC and are contributing their best resources online for use by all members of the global teaching community. GELC seeks to provide students, teachers, research worldwide with online access to the best in open source educational resources.

Sun is helping empower students further, with the launch of the Student Developer Program. The company is giving away copies of Sun’s Java Studio Enterprise, Sun Java Studio Mobility, Sun Studio 10, Solaris10 Operating System, and training in Solaris 10 worth $180 million. This program provides students with access to a valuable Sun hardware and software grant, as well as hundreds of Sun software products in new and emerging markets like Radio Frequency ID (RFID).

“The vision for a PC on every desktop did not close the digital divide, it only helped us realize a gap existed in the first place,” McNealy said. “We believe that Java-based services, delivered online to any device, will help us efficiently and effectively bring teachers and students even closer to the resources they need. The world is moving toward ubiquitous computing and Java technology as the enabling ‘glue’ between rich educational content and the on-demand communications infrastructure.”

McNealy highlighted the role Java is playing putting doctors in touch with patient information and research, for online diagnosis and greater knowledge.

“Information is the killer application in medicine and Java is helping realize that application by linking-up vital medical systems and services, while meeting the security needs of doctors and data privacy concerns of patients,” McNealy said.

McNealy also presented the third-annual Duke’s Choice Awards for most innovative Java technology applications and devices. Winners received a statuette of the Java mascot “Duke” recognizing their achievement from McNealy and creator of the Java programming language James Gosling. This year’s winners included an integrated patient scheduling system for the City of San Paulo from Atech Foundation, use of Java technology by GE Healthcare products for cardiology and radiology, and Boeing’s use of Java in real time systems to navigate and fly unmanned military aircraft.

The full list of winners in each category is:

  • Community Category: Agilent, Romberg Tiburon Institute, San Francisco State University and Sun Microsystems
  • Desktop Category: SAS InSchool
  • Enterprise Backend Category: Atech Foundation; ECOCEAN
  • Device Category: NTT DoCoMo
  • Emerging Technology Category: The Boeing Company; GE Healthcare; Giga Spaces Inc.
  • Gaming Category: Three Rings Design Inc.
  • Looking Glass Category: Kyushu Institute of Technology


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.

      

Sun Microsystems Unlocks Real-Time Potential for the Java Platform

Sun Java Real-Time System Enables Superior Integration and Portability

SAN FRANCISCO
JavaOne(SM) Developer Conference
June 28, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), founder and lead advocate for Java technology, today released the Sun Java Real-Time System (Java RTS) software, providing developers of real-time software for embedded systems with a scalable and secure way to help ensure system responses during high-priority tasks.

Demonstrated at the 10th annual JavaOne Developer Conference, Java RTS software extends the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) by providing additional capabilities to aid developers in creating high-value, real-time software solutions that interact with the real world. This product, created from the successful Project Mackinac prototype developed in Sun Labs, retains full compatibility with existing Java SE software applications, while enabling new real-time components to be added to these applications for superior integration and portability in the growing real-time space. Java RTS software is based on the first Java Community Process [JCP] specification, JSR-01, which brings real-time capabilities to the Java platform.

“Sun’s work makes the Java programming language a valid choice for real-time systems,” said Jeff Jackson, vice president, Java Applications and Developer Programs, Sun Microsystems. “Real-time developers can now realize the labor- and time-saving benefits of working on the Java programming language, while having the option of shaping the direction of the technology by participating in the ever-growing Java community of 4.5 million innovators.”

“We have been extremely impressed by the real-time performance we have achieved with our OpenFusion RT for Java middleware platform using Java RTS software. The robustness and ease of use of the system, coupled with excellent support from Sun Microsystems, have been key to helping us achieve distributed real-time performance that exceeds the metrics set by our most demanding customers,” said Steve Jennis, senior vice president, Corporate Development, PrismTech.

Java RTS software broadens the reach of the Java SE platform by creating a robust and conformant implementation of the specification. To date, the Java SE platform has been downloaded more than 50 million times, into embedded systems across the spectrum of consumer electronics, military, aerospace, telecommunications, automotive manufacture and industrial automation – a software market estimated to be worth $2.7 billion by 2007, up from $1.5 billion today, according to analyst firm Venture Development Corp.

For mission-critical environments, Java RTS software brings extremely predictable, fast, and reliable program response capabilities to real-world situations, regardless of the number of other applications running. Java RTS software ensures that the most important tasks are always able to run and completely avoids priority inversion problems common to real-time systems.

“Our users have come to know and trust the real-time properties of our communications software. But even our products cannot overcome the lack of real-time behavior in foundational components like a Virtual Machine for the Java platform. This is why we were pleased when Sun’s Java RTS software technology passed our most stringent tests to uncover priority inversions, with complete priority-respecting behavior,” said Bill Beckwith, chief executive officer, Objective Interface Systems, Inc.

Java RTS software is available to developers now through Sun’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) sales team on a per-seat basis.


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.

      

Sun Microsystems Announces Fastest x64 Workstation in the Industry to Date: Priced at $29.95(USD) Per Month

New, Fast Sun Ultra 20 Workstation Joins New Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation; Complete, Powerful Systems Bring New Affordable Choices to Custome

SAN FRANCISCO
JavaOne Developer Conference
June 27, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), founder and lead advocate for Java technology, today announced the industry’s fastest x64 (x86, 64-bit) workstation to date, along with a breakthrough concept, making it radically more affordable for developers and customers. For a promotional price of $29.95(USD) per month for a three-year subscription, Sun delivers a Sun Ultra 20 Workstation powered with the AMD Opteron processor equipped with the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), Sun Java Studio Enterprise 7 software and Sun Java Studio Creator 2004Q2 developer tools on one platform, including full access to world-class support and service.

Sun also announced that the new Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation is based on the UltraSPARC(R) processor and enables SPARC binary-compatibility for mobile computing.

Power for demanding science and engineering

Based on recent OCUS benchmark results with PTC’s Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire application, the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation delivered superior performance and price/performance compared to the nearest HP, IBM and Dell workstations(1). For more information on this and other world-record benchmarks, go to: http://www.sun.com/ultra20/benchmarks.html

“The 64-bit capability of Pro/ENGINEER is enabling our customers to tackle design challenges that were previously considered impractical,” said Michael Campbell, vice president, product management, PTC., a Sun Independent Software Vendor that develops and supports MCAD and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. “As a result, we are seeing an increase in demand for 64-bit Pro/ENGINEER running on low cost, high-performance 64-bit platforms, like the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation.”

The Sun Ultra 20 Workstation, equipped with the AMD Opteron processor 100 Series, has achieved a new world-record benchmark with SciMark, a Java technology-based benchmark for scientific and numerical computing(2).

“Sun’s new Ultra 20 Workstation provides customers the flexibility of running both 32- and 64-bit compute-intensive EDA applications,” said Rich Monahan, director, IT Engineering Services, Mentor Graphics, a leading EDA Independent Software Vendor. “We expect customers to find that the Ultra 20 Workstation delivers outstanding performance in their design environment while allowing them to maximize their hardware investments.”

Subscription or traditional pricing

Sun is offering a new Sun Services Subscription program, a promotional $29.95(USD) monthly subscription that requires a minimum commitment of three years and which can be renewed. The subscription model makes gaining access to Sun’s leading workstations easy to afford, and easy to own with complete service and support.

The Sun Ultra Workstations are also available with traditional pricing models, with the Ultra 20 priced at $895(USD) without support services. The entry-level configuration includes one AMD Opteron Processor Model 144, 512MB of DDR-400 memory, one 80GB Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive, ATI Entry 2D Graphics, one DVD-ROM optical drive, and is pre-loaded with thousands of dollars worth of award-winning developer tools on one platform. Sun is scheduled to announce the availability of Sun Ultra 20 Workstations with Dual-core AMD Opteron processors later this year. Entry-level pricing for the Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation begins at $3,400 (USD). It is pre-loaded with the Solaris 10 OS, includes 550MHz, 512MB RAM, 40GB disk drive, entry 2D graphics, and wireless 802.11b, and will be generally available in July 2005.

“Sun continues to deliver workstations and promotional programs that developers demand, offering new Sun Ultra Workstations that have achieved numerous world-record price/performance benchmarks,” said Lisa Sieker, vice president of marketing, Network Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. “Our workstation install base is growing, as we offer the fastest x64 (x86, 64-bit) workstations on the planet, which are pre-loaded with the Solaris OS. The new Sun Ultra Workstations are 32-/64-bit compatible and have the capability of running multiple operating systems, including the Solaris OS, Linux and Windows.”

Sun announced several other innovative programs to drive customer adoption quickly with the Ultra 20 ‘Try and Buy’ program that enables customers to try the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation for 90 days at no charge, with an option to purchase the system at the end of the program. The ‘Try and Buy’ program is available now until August 31, 2005.

The Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation extends Sun’s SPARC processor-based systems portfolio into mobile computing, enabling software developers, government agencies and system administrators to run the same applications across enterprise servers, midrange servers, workstations, thin clients, and now mobile workstations.

“Sun continues to push the envelope with its new Sun Ultra Workstations, demonstrating that they are delivering on customer demand and leading the industry’s progression toward 64-bit computing,” said Sarang Ghatpande, vice president and senior analyst, Ideas International. “The leading performance of these new machines and their unparalleled flexibility allow them to be deployed in virtually any IT environment and serve as the backbone for designing and delivering on mission-critical projects. These new workstations can deliver on all counts, providing software developers and designers with solutions that reduce TCO while improving on key workstation features, such as computing power and memory.”

More information on the Sun Ultra Workstations can be found at: http://www.sun.com/workstations.


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.

(1) As of 06/27/05, the Sun Ultra 20 Workstation is 11 percent faster and 34 percent better in price/performance than the H-P XW9300; 30 percent faster and 12 percent better in price/performance than the DELL Precision 380; 25 percent faster and 53 percent better in p/p than the IBM IntelliStation. Pro/E Wildfire is a registered trademark of Parametric Technology Corporation. Olaf Corten is the proprietor and developer of the OCUS Benchmark. Results are published at http://www.proesite.com. Pricing obtained from each hardware vendor website as of 6/21/05.
(2) SciMark 2.0, results as of 6/27/05, see http://math.nist.gov/scimark2/index.html.

      

IBM and Sun Microsystems Extend Java Technology Agreement

Ink Deal to Expand Support for IBM Software on Solaris 10

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
June 27, 2005

Renewing its commitment to collaboration on the Java platform, IBM and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), founder and lead advocate for Java technology, today announced a 10-year extension to their Java technology agreement, designed to provide long-term stability to the almost 4.5 million developers in the worldwide Java community. The two companies also announced plans to deliver IBM middleware support for the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) on SPARC(R), x86 and x64 systems.

Under the Java agreement, which extends to 2016, IBM will continue to license and use Java technologies from Sun, including Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) and Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) and Java Card throughout its software products, including its middleware and web services portfolios. With this extension, IBM and Sun continue to promote and re-affirm the value and necessity of Java compatibility across platforms and demonstrate that both companies are committed to Java innovation. Sun and IBM will also continue to advance and enhance the development of Java technology through the collaborative Java Community Process (JCP) . In addition, IBM will also expand its role to become a channel partner in delivering Java compatible products for the embedded market to Sun’s Java technology licensees.

“The next wave of economic and social progress will spring from ever-growing communities participating on the web. Open technologies like Java and Solaris lower barriers to network participation and, together, form the world’s most advanced platform for Internet service development and deployment,” said Jonathan Schwartz, president and chief operating officer, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “Today’s agreement with IBM to extend their commitment to Java technology and to port IBM middleware to Solaris 10 for x86 is a major step forward. Now customers can deploy the applications they want on Solaris 10 and share in this vast opportunity.”

“This agreement helps assure that IBM customers can continue to benefit from Java,” said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software Group. “In addition, for more than 10 years IBM has set the industry standard with a practice of porting our software to various platforms based on customer demand. We have been supporting Solaris as an operating system for many years. Recently, we have seen an increase in customer interest in running Solaris on Intel/AMD platforms. Based on that interest, we have decided to port our key middleware products to Solaris 10 on Intel/AMD systems.”

IBM Agrees to Port Middleware to Solaris 10

Additionally, in response to customer demand, IBM will broaden support of its DB2, Rational, Tivoli and WebSphere software to include the Solaris 10 OS on x64 AMD Opteron -based platforms. The companies each plan to make dedicated investments in engineering and testing focused on product interoperability, performance optimization and timely delivery. As a result, customers will be able to take advantage of key features of Solaris 10, including Dynamic Tracing, Solaris Containers and Predictive Self Healing on any architecture, while protecting their investment in IBM software. Today’s news also demonstrates IBM and Sun’s ongoing commitment to help customers gain control of data center complexity to improve utilization and help ensure availability of business-critical data, while leveraging the compelling benefits of the Solaris 10 OS on SPARC �, x86 and x64 platforms.

Customers Laud Porting Agreement

Customers from multiple industries have voiced support for IBM applications running on the Solaris 10 OS.

“As a user of both IBM and Sun technologies, Reuters is excited by this announcement. The availability of Tivoli software components across Sun’s entire Solaris product line will allow Reuters to retain the robustness of Solaris on lower-cost platforms while utilizing our existing skills in Solaris and Tivoli so reducing our total cost of ownership,” said Barry Woodward, global head of Infrastructure Development and Networks, Reuters.

“Solaris is a core component of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange infrastructure and we rely on a number of IBM middleware products to run our business,” said Richard Ward, executive director, Technical Services, Philadelphia Stock Exchange. “That Sun and IBM are coming together and porting key applications onto Solaris is a major step forward – one that will allow us to deliver increased value to customers.”


About IBM

IBM is the world’s largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Java, JavaOne, Java Community Process, JCP, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.

      

Sun Microsystems Reveals Details of Next-Generation Java Enterprise Edition 5: Reducing Complexity and Increasing Developer Productivity

New Features Reduce Development Complexity and Increase Productivity for Developers

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
June 29, 2005

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), founder and lead advocate for Java technology, today announced the availability of new features in the next edition of its popular Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE), Java EE 5. With these additions, Java EE 5 will bring ease of development and increased productivity for the Java community.

“With more than three million downloads and 26 Java compatible application server vendors, Java EE is the cornerstone of enterprise and web-based computing,” said Joe Keller, vice president of marketing, Applications and Developer Platforms, Sun Microsystems. “By listening to developers and building on Sun’s history of innovation in the Java platform, today we’re delivering the features that will facilitate the development of portable, robust, scalable enterprise applications.”

Key features in Java EE 5 will include:

  • Making the growing power and robustness of Java EE more readily accessible through ease of development features such as annotations, simplified common coding scenarios, streamlined deployment and new utility classes and helpers;
  • Eagerly anticipated new APIs and services such as a JSP standard tag library, StAX, Web Services Metadata, JAXB, easy web applications with JavaServer Faces, Common Annotations and a new persistence API;
  • Significant enhancements to existing interfaces offering simplified and expanded web services support, greatly simplified EJB development, extended management and deployment and updated JavaServer Pages;
  • Coordinated efforts across new and existing APIs to further advance the Java EE platform as the preeminent environment for building and deploying Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

Additionally, Sun has open sourced the Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 9.0 (AS PE 9.0), based on the Java EE 5 reference implementation and included within the Solaris 10 platform. Available on java.net, this is the next step in Sun’s strategy to provide broader community participation in Java technology development and to empower customers with a low-cost, high-value business computing platform.

By opening up the source code for the Sun Java System AS PE 9.0 and making the latest builds available on a nightly basis, Sun will streamline the evolution of a robust, commercial-quality Java EE 5-compatible application server that is packed with new features and functionality. Licensees and users will also continue to enjoy the benefits of write-once-run-anywhere computing inherent in the Java platform, with continued compatibility testing by Sun.


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.

      

MiTAC Technology Chooses the Fujitsu WiMAX SoC to Design and Manufacture Cost-Efficient WiMAX Customer Premise Equipment

WCA 2005, Washington, D.C.,
June 27, 2005

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA), a leading provider of robust wireline and wireless solutions that enhance the performance of next-generation communications networks in North America, and MiTAC Technology Corporation (MTC), a leader in the electronics original design manufacturing industry, today announced that MiTAC will use the Fujitsu WiMAX System-on-Chip (SoC) to develop and manufacture MiTAC’s WiMAX Customer Premise Equipment (CPE). Fujitsu has shipped its WiMAX SoCs, the MB87M3400, to MiTAC to incorporate them into MiTAC’s CPEs.

The Fujitsu MB87M3400 uses an OFDM 256 (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) PHY that supports all the available channel bandwidths from 1.75MHz to 20MHz, and can operate in TDD or FDD mode. A programmable frequency selection function generates the sample clock for any desirable bandwidth. When implementing the 64QAM modulation in a 20MHz channel and using all 192 sub-carriers, the SoC’s data rate can potentially go up to 75Mbps. Uplink sub-channelization is also supported.

The Fujitsu WiMAX SoC incorporates sophisticated processing power, including a powerful main RISC engine that implements the 802.16 upper-layer MAC functions, scheduler, drivers, protocol stacks, and user application software. A secondary RISC/DSP functions as a co-processor, which executes the lower-layer MAC functions, offloading processing from the upper-layer MAC and enhancing the total SoC performance. A multi-channel DMA controller handles high-speed transactions among agents on a high-performance bus. (See related Press Releases dated April 21, 2005.)

“Fujitsu is a recognized leader in wireless communication, and this WiMAX SoC is the industry’s most integrated, modular and cost-efficient solution,” said Joseph Huang, general manager of MiTAC USA (L.A). “We will use the Fujitsu WiMAX SoC and customize the WiMAX solution by adding the features required to meet various market needs.”

“MiTAC is a world leader in the electronics manufacturing industry, having strong design and cost-efficient manufacturing capabilities. We are confident that MiTAC’s efficiency and expertise will bring the cost down to make WiMAX CPEs more affordable and available,” said Keith Horn, senior vice president of Fujitsu Microelectronics America. “Our collaboration with MiTAC will help produce products that fully utilize the performance-driven Fujitsu WiMAX SoC.”


About MiTAC Technology Corporation

MiTAC Technology Corporation (MTC) of Taipei, Taiwan has been well recognized as a premier ODM manufacturer of consumer notebooks and rugged notebook for military purposes since 1989. With its rapid business growth, the company was listed in Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE: 3005) in 2002, and has diversified into new areas, particularly the digital home entertainment and wireless communication. With over 60% of the staff committed to research and development, the company is dedicated to striving for innovative technologies. Its wireless communication also aims to provide customers the most cost-efficient total wireless solution, such as WiMAX-compliant CPEs. For more product information, please send emails to wimax@mitac-mtc.com.tw or visit our company website at http://www.mitac-mtc.com.tw for more general information.

About Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.

Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc. (FMA) leads the industry in innovation. FMA provides high-quality, reliable semiconductor products and services for the networking, communications, automotive, security and other markets throughout North and South America. As a founding and board member of the WiMAX Forum™, Fujitsu supports the standards development and compliance programs that are essential to successful Broadband Wireless deployment. Fujitsu provides performance-driven WiMAX solutions by leveraging the company’s experience and expertise in the networking and communications markets. Fujitsu offers flexible WiMAX SoC and reference designs for WiMAX-certifiable systems to equipment vendors. For more product information, please visit the company’s web site at http://us.fujitsu.com/micro/WiMAX or please address e-mail to inquiry.bwa@fma.fujitsu.com


Press Contacts

Dinesh Daswani
MiTAC Wi-LAN Inc.
Tel: (403) 207-6329
E-mail:kwetherell@wi-lan.com

Mark Shapiro
Davis-Marrin Communications
Tel: (858) 573-0736
E-mail:mshapiro@davismarrin.com

Emi Igarashi
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.
Tel: 408-737-5647
E-mail:eigarash@fma.fujitsu.com

Dick Davies
IPRA
Tel: 415-777-4161
E-mail:ipra@mindspring.com


All company/product names mentioned may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are used for identification purpose only.

      

Sun Highlights New Features of Carrier-Grade Solaris 10, Demonstrates Continued Leadership in Telecom Market

Recent Customer, Partner and NEP Wins Showcase Broad-Based Adoption of Most Advanced Open Source Operating System on the Planet

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
June 23, 2005

As an established leader in the telecommunications industry, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) continues to set the standard for carrier-grade operating systems with Solaris 10. Sun has certified its Netra server line of telecom hardware for the Solaris 10 OS. Additionally, more than 50 telecom software and hardware partners have announced support for Solaris 10 allowing them to deliver faster, more scalable and more secure solutions to a broad range of telecom customers. Customers such as Lucent Technologies and Verizon Communications Inc. highlight the widespread adoption of Sun’s latest carrier-grade, open source operating system.

“Used by the ten largest telecom equipment providers worldwide, Solaris is the most widely deployed and most secure carrier-grade operating system on the planet,” said John Loiacono, executive vice president, Software Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “With in-kernel support for the Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and unique features such as Solaris Dynamic Tracing (DTrace), Solaris Containers and Predictive Self-Healing, for SPARC(R), x86 and x64 systems, Solaris 10 is the ideal platform for next-generation telecom services, such as 3G network infrastructure and converged IP-based network services.”

“My team is very excited about the new features contained in Solaris 10,” said Ron Watson, Platform Development director at Lucent. “The new architecture will allow us to deploy and upgrade systems and applications more reliably and seamlessly, with greater precision. The anticipated improvements in availability, fault detection, and performance are key for our carrier-grade customers.”

Sun recently made the source code to Solaris available at opensolaris.org under the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL). This OSI approved open source license allows network equipment providers (NEP’s) to safely develop innovative new solutions for distribution under their own terms. Solaris 10 is indemnified by Sun, providing its customers and partners with patent, copyright and trademark infringement protection.

“As we work to complete our final evaluation of Solaris 10, we are impressed with the next generation, enterprise-class, carrier-grade services that Sun is now delivering as part of the core operating system. Solaris 10’s rich features and architecture will provide enhanced performance and security,” said Shadman Zafar, senior vice president, Architecture & Services, Verizon. “For example, DTrace’s ability to provide insight into performance and reliability bottlenecks will allow us to improve operations and availability. Also, the ability to restrict resource accessibility to both tasks and users will greatly improve security.”

Rapid Adoption by Telecom Software and Hardware Providers

More than 50 hardware and software partners in the telecom industry have announced support for Solaris 10. These include: AC Corporation, Adax, Appium, AsiaInfo Technologies (China) Inc., BOCO Inter-Telecom, Cntomorrow, DigitalChina, Flextronics Software Systems (FSS), Hurray! Times, Infozech Software Ltd., jNETx, Jaatayu Software, Kabira Technologies, Lenovo, LHS Telekom GmbH & Co. KG, Longshine, Metarnet, Mpathix, Neusoft, NMS Communications, Object Computing, Inc., Open Cloud, Poson, Pronto Networks, Runway, Shanghai Ideal, Sleepycat Software, Subex Systems, Syndesis, TransNexus, Ubiquity, UshaComm, Ulticom, Veraz Networks, VoiceGenie, Wayout, Xbell, ZCXC, Zhongyin-Unihub, and Zznode.

Since the launch of Solaris 10, 870 partners have joined Sun’s “10 Moves Ahead” partner initiative and will support 1300 applications on Solaris 10. Sun’s Ten Moves Ahead initiative is making it easier for ISVs to port to the Solaris 10 Operating System by offering technology, marketing and co-selling benefits. Details on the Net: http://sun.com/partners/10moves.

“Sun is a leader in the carrier-grade telecommunications infrastructure equipment due to its outstanding reputation for reliability,” said R. Paul Singh, vice president of Business Development at Veraz Networks. “We are excited about the new unique carrier-grade features in Solaris 10 and look forward to making them available to our customers.”

Sun’s Solaris OEM and System Builder Program helps telco providers and other businesses deliver competitive offerings on AMD Opteron-based and Intel Xeon-based systems. Solaris system builders and OEMs benefit from the many program features, including flexible licensing, low cost of entry, competitive pricing, free hardware compatibility testing, back-line support from Sun’s worldwide support organization, developer support, low-cost training and tools, and more. Details on the Net: http://sun.com/solaris/oem/.

“PDSi’s broad line of SPARC, AMD, and Intel-processor-based servers, combined with Solaris, are designed to meet the stringent demands of telecommunication equipment providers and carriers,” stated Chris Winslow, president and COO from PDSi. “This announcement further validates the superior quality and performance our customers have come to expect from our combined solutions.”


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Netra, OpenSolaris, iForce 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. AMD, Opteron, the AMD logo, the AMD Opteron logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices.


QUOTESHEET

Adax
Specializing in signaling infrastructure, Adax offers a complete set of solutions for today’s evolving telecommunications networks. “Being a Sun partner has been critical to Adax’s success in the telecommunications space,” stated Barry Zuckerman, president, Adax. “Sun’s hardware platforms and the robustness and reliability of Solaris has provided a carrier grade solution for ADAX customers. ADAX is committed to Solaris 10 and assuring ADAX products are fully supported on Solaris 10.”

Continuous Computing
Continuous Computing, a global telecom provider, provides High Availability platform solutions running the Solaris OS that enable telecom equipment manufacturers to rapidly deploy converged communications, “Continuous Computing has been building solutions on the Solaris OS for years,” stated Simon Waters, vice president of Business Development for Continuous Computing’s Platforms business unit. “Solaris 10 — with support for x86 architecture — will enhance Continuous Computing’s approach to ATCA platform development due to its emphasis on carrier-grade OAM&P through advanced features such as Solaris Containers, Predictive Self Healing and Process Rights Management.”

Pronto Networks
“Solaris 10 provides the most robust and scalable service delivery software platform to Pronto’s large scale carrier customers as they deploy Broadband Wireless Access networks using the Sun iForce(sm) WiFi OSS platform,” stated Raj Sundar, vice president of Engineering, Pronto Networks.