/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), founder and
lead advocate for Java(TM) 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(TM) processor
equipped with the Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS), Sun Java(TM) 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
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:
"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
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:
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(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
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