Sun and Electric Image Offer Complete 3D Animation and Workstation Solution Promotionally Priced at $2,995

Sun Blade(TM) 100 Workstations with Electric Image Universe Software

Offer Workstation-Class Performance and Professional-Quality 3D Graphics



Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    LAS VEGAS, NAB Conference, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/
 -- Building on its momentum in digital content creation markets,
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced today the availability of a
 professional-level, 3D animation promotional package that runs on the new Sun
 Blade(TM) 100 workstation and is powered by Electric Image's new Universe 3D
 animation software.
     The combined hardware and software package will be available through June
 28, 2001, for as low as $2,995, representing more than 30 percent in savings
 if purchased separately. This promotional offer will only be offered through
 participating Authorized Sun Resellers, and, at this time, is only available
 in North America.
     "This promotional offer is a great tool to allow Sun System Resellers and
 VARs to penetrate the professional 3D animation market, using Sun Blade 100
 workstations in tandem with one of the industry's leading animation software
 packages," said Rich Severa, president of MOCA, an Authorized Sun Reseller.
     Sun and Electric Image are also offering an expanded educational package
 during the same time period, which includes five Sun Blade 100 workstations
 and five full Electric Image Universe software licenses at a promotional price
 of $10,880. This provides the education sector with a price of $2,176 per
 seat, a discount of more than 50 percent off list price if purchased
 separately.
 
     POWERFUL WORKSTATION AND 3D-GRAPHICS AT PC PRICES
     The 3D animation promotional package follows the introductions of the Sun
 Blade 100 workstation--the first 64-bit workstation priced under $1,000 -- and
 the Sun(TM) Expert3D-Lite graphics accelerator, a sub-$1,000 professional
 level 3D graphics board (see related press releases at
 http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/presskits/workstations).
     Featuring Sun's reliable and scalable Solaris(TM) Operating Environment
 and the new highly integrated UltraSPARC(TM) IIe processor, the Sun Blade 100
 workstation with Universe software provides a 64-bit architecture with
 workstation-class features and professional-quality graphics at a virtually
 unprecedented price point for customers in film, broadcast, game development
 and industrial design. The solution was also developed for users in a number
 of industries, such as MCAD and MCAE, in which rendering and animation are
 used during product development.
     In addition to the Sun Blade 100 workstation, Electric Image's Universe
 software package is also supported on Sun's full range of 3D graphics
 workstations, including the Sun Blade 1000, Ultra(TM) 80, Ultra 60 and Ultra
 10 systems, offering complete scalability and performance for the most
 demanding projects and production environments.
     "We've had a great deal of interest for a package like this from our
 customers in digital content creation, manufacturing and entertainment markets
 that demand large memory capacity, 64-bit data addressability, and graphics
 that feature quality and flexibility without performance tradeoffs," said
 Robbie Turner, Vice President, Client and Technical Market Products, Sun
 Microsystems. "The Sun Blade 100 workstation with a Sun Expert3D-Lite graphics
 accelerator board and Electric Image Universe software deliver a high-quality
 3D animation workstation at a PC price point."
     "Sun's growing presence in the 3D marketplace is important to Electric
 Image and our customers. Sun's powerful 64-bit UltraSPARC architecture and
 highly scalable Solaris Operating Environment should provide big performance
 advantages to our customers," said Dwight Parscale, CEO of Electric Image.
 "The Sun Blade 100 workstation is an excellent host for Universe and this
 promotional offer will provide digital content creators with a high-quality,
 high-performance solution at a very accessible price point."
 
     ABOUT UNIVERSE
     Electric Image's Universe 3D is one of the largest upgrades to the
 company's Electric Image Animation System (EIAS) visual effects software in
 over a decade. The animation package is based on a new framework that provides
 powerful new modeling, animation and rendering capabilities, as well as
 support for multiple platforms.
     Universe offers highly sophisticated modeling capabilities and the ability
 to create complex objects more efficiently with its hybrid surface/solids
 modeler. Artists can now create resolution independent shapes with solids,
 NURBS surfaces or UBER-NURBS (subdivision surface modeling). Its animation
 system has also been enhanced with deeper character animation tools, a new
 Inverse Kinematics system, and advanced camera projection mapping with real
 time image previews.
     Universe's rendering system, Camera, features a new raytracing engine that
 produces extremely high image quality and offers network rendering, reflection
 maps with occlusion, and channel-based controls for optimized rendering times.
 Additionally, Universe continues the EIAS legacy of having one of the
 industry's fastest renderers and the ability to handle enormous amounts of
 data.
 
     AVAILABILITY, PRICE, AND SUPPORT
     The $2,995 3D animation promotional package, called the "Sun Blade
 100/Electric Image Promotional Offering," will be available until June 28,
 2001, through participating Authorized Sun Resellers. At this time, the offer
 is only available in North America. To obtain more information about the
 promotion, customers can contact their local Authorized Sun Reseller or go to
 http://www.sun.com/desktop/events.html#image .
 
     The Sun Blade 100/Electric Image Promotional Offering includes:
 
     Electric Image Universe Animation Software
     -- Universe Modeler
     -- Universe Animator
     -- Camera (Renderer)
 
     64-Bit Sun Blade 100 Workstation
     -- 500 MHz UltraSPARC IIe processor
     -- 256 MB Memory
     -- 15 GB Disk
     -- Solaris Operating Environment
     -- Onboard PGX64 frame buffer
        (for possible dual monitor configuration)
     -- Sun Expert3D-Lite high performance frame buffer
        (4 million triangles per second at 1920 x 1080 in 3D with 32 MB
        frame buffer memory and 16 MB onboard texture memory.)
     -- Floppy Disk Drive
     -- DVD ROM Drive
     -- USB Port
     -- 1394 standard
     -- 10/100 baseT Ethernet
     -- One-year Sun standard service & support warranty
 
     The education promotion includes the same configuration, in a set of five,
 and is available worldwide through the standard Sun Education sales channel as
 well as through SunStore.com.  Additionally, Sun is offering its standard
 Education discount on other workstation platforms, including the Sun Blade
 1000 and Sun Ultra 80 workstations. For more details about the promotion, go
 to http://www.sun.com/desktop/events.html#image .
     Support for Universe on Sun's Solaris Operating Environment is currently
 available through Electric Image. Electric Image training is available through
 live and DVD-based courses. Electric Image's support group can be contacted at
 www.electricimage.com or 714-433-0400.
 
     ABOUT ELECTRIC IMAGE, INC.
     Originally founded in 1987, Electric Image has pushed the limits of
 computer-generated imagery for over a decade with its award-winning 3D
 animation systems. Its software provides world-class animation tools for
 artists across all industries and is consistently called upon for the creation
 of blockbuster motion pictures and network television programs. Recent
 examples include "Austin Powers II," "Star Wars: Episode 1," "Dinosaur,"
 "Mission to Mars," "Space Cowboys" and "U-571" as well as "The West Wing,"
 "Extreme Australia," "Dateline NBC," and "Babylon 5." For more information,
 visit http://www.electricimage.com .
 
     ABOUT SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Sun Blade, Ultra, 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.
 
     CONTACT:  Frank E. Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 650-786-7215, or
 franke.smith@sun.com; or Ben Yoder of Electric Image, Inc., 530-672-8476, or
 byoder@electricimage.com.
 
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SOURCE Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    LAS VEGAS, NAB Conference, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/
 -- Building on its momentum in digital content creation markets,
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced today the availability of a
 professional-level, 3D animation promotional package that runs on the new Sun
 Blade(TM) 100 workstation and is powered by Electric Image's new Universe 3D
 animation software.
     The combined hardware and software package will be available through June
 28, 2001, for as low as $2,995, representing more than 30 percent in savings
 if purchased separately. This promotional offer will only be offered through
 participating Authorized Sun Resellers, and, at this time, is only available
 in North America.
     "This promotional offer is a great tool to allow Sun System Resellers and
 VARs to penetrate the professional 3D animation market, using Sun Blade 100
 workstations in tandem with one of the industry's leading animation software
 packages," said Rich Severa, president of MOCA, an Authorized Sun Reseller.
     Sun and Electric Image are also offering an expanded educational package
 during the same time period, which includes five Sun Blade 100 workstations
 and five full Electric Image Universe software licenses at a promotional price
 of $10,880. This provides the education sector with a price of $2,176 per
 seat, a discount of more than 50 percent off list price if purchased
 separately.
 
     POWERFUL WORKSTATION AND 3D-GRAPHICS AT PC PRICES
     The 3D animation promotional package follows the introductions of the Sun
 Blade 100 workstation--the first 64-bit workstation priced under $1,000 -- and
 the Sun(TM) Expert3D-Lite graphics accelerator, a sub-$1,000 professional
 level 3D graphics board (see related press releases at
 http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/presskits/workstations).
     Featuring Sun's reliable and scalable Solaris(TM) Operating Environment
 and the new highly integrated UltraSPARC(TM) IIe processor, the Sun Blade 100
 workstation with Universe software provides a 64-bit architecture with
 workstation-class features and professional-quality graphics at a virtually
 unprecedented price point for customers in film, broadcast, game development
 and industrial design. The solution was also developed for users in a number
 of industries, such as MCAD and MCAE, in which rendering and animation are
 used during product development.
     In addition to the Sun Blade 100 workstation, Electric Image's Universe
 software package is also supported on Sun's full range of 3D graphics
 workstations, including the Sun Blade 1000, Ultra(TM) 80, Ultra 60 and Ultra
 10 systems, offering complete scalability and performance for the most
 demanding projects and production environments.
     "We've had a great deal of interest for a package like this from our
 customers in digital content creation, manufacturing and entertainment markets
 that demand large memory capacity, 64-bit data addressability, and graphics
 that feature quality and flexibility without performance tradeoffs," said
 Robbie Turner, Vice President, Client and Technical Market Products, Sun
 Microsystems. "The Sun Blade 100 workstation with a Sun Expert3D-Lite graphics
 accelerator board and Electric Image Universe software deliver a high-quality
 3D animation workstation at a PC price point."
     "Sun's growing presence in the 3D marketplace is important to Electric
 Image and our customers. Sun's powerful 64-bit UltraSPARC architecture and
 highly scalable Solaris Operating Environment should provide big performance
 advantages to our customers," said Dwight Parscale, CEO of Electric Image.
 "The Sun Blade 100 workstation is an excellent host for Universe and this
 promotional offer will provide digital content creators with a high-quality,
 high-performance solution at a very accessible price point."
 
     ABOUT UNIVERSE
     Electric Image's Universe 3D is one of the largest upgrades to the
 company's Electric Image Animation System (EIAS) visual effects software in
 over a decade. The animation package is based on a new framework that provides
 powerful new modeling, animation and rendering capabilities, as well as
 support for multiple platforms.
     Universe offers highly sophisticated modeling capabilities and the ability
 to create complex objects more efficiently with its hybrid surface/solids
 modeler. Artists can now create resolution independent shapes with solids,
 NURBS surfaces or UBER-NURBS (subdivision surface modeling). Its animation
 system has also been enhanced with deeper character animation tools, a new
 Inverse Kinematics system, and advanced camera projection mapping with real
 time image previews.
     Universe's rendering system, Camera, features a new raytracing engine that
 produces extremely high image quality and offers network rendering, reflection
 maps with occlusion, and channel-based controls for optimized rendering times.
 Additionally, Universe continues the EIAS legacy of having one of the
 industry's fastest renderers and the ability to handle enormous amounts of
 data.
 
     AVAILABILITY, PRICE, AND SUPPORT
     The $2,995 3D animation promotional package, called the "Sun Blade
 100/Electric Image Promotional Offering," will be available until June 28,
 2001, through participating Authorized Sun Resellers. At this time, the offer
 is only available in North America. To obtain more information about the
 promotion, customers can contact their local Authorized Sun Reseller or go to
 http://www.sun.com/desktop/events.html#image .
 
     The Sun Blade 100/Electric Image Promotional Offering includes:
 
     Electric Image Universe Animation Software
     -- Universe Modeler
     -- Universe Animator
     -- Camera (Renderer)
 
     64-Bit Sun Blade 100 Workstation
     -- 500 MHz UltraSPARC IIe processor
     -- 256 MB Memory
     -- 15 GB Disk
     -- Solaris Operating Environment
     -- Onboard PGX64 frame buffer
        (for possible dual monitor configuration)
     -- Sun Expert3D-Lite high performance frame buffer
        (4 million triangles per second at 1920 x 1080 in 3D with 32 MB
        frame buffer memory and 16 MB onboard texture memory.)
     -- Floppy Disk Drive
     -- DVD ROM Drive
     -- USB Port
     -- 1394 standard
     -- 10/100 baseT Ethernet
     -- One-year Sun standard service & support warranty
 
     The education promotion includes the same configuration, in a set of five,
 and is available worldwide through the standard Sun Education sales channel as
 well as through SunStore.com.  Additionally, Sun is offering its standard
 Education discount on other workstation platforms, including the Sun Blade
 1000 and Sun Ultra 80 workstations. For more details about the promotion, go
 to http://www.sun.com/desktop/events.html#image .
     Support for Universe on Sun's Solaris Operating Environment is currently
 available through Electric Image. Electric Image training is available through
 live and DVD-based courses. Electric Image's support group can be contacted at
 www.electricimage.com or 714-433-0400.
 
     ABOUT ELECTRIC IMAGE, INC.
     Originally founded in 1987, Electric Image has pushed the limits of
 computer-generated imagery for over a decade with its award-winning 3D
 animation systems. Its software provides world-class animation tools for
 artists across all industries and is consistently called upon for the creation
 of blockbuster motion pictures and network television programs. Recent
 examples include "Austin Powers II," "Star Wars: Episode 1," "Dinosaur,"
 "Mission to Mars," "Space Cowboys" and "U-571" as well as "The West Wing,"
 "Extreme Australia," "Dateline NBC," and "Babylon 5." For more information,
 visit http://www.electricimage.com .
 
     ABOUT SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth.  With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than
 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Sun Blade, Ultra, 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.
 
     CONTACT:  Frank E. Smith of Sun Microsystems, Inc., 650-786-7215, or
 franke.smith@sun.com; or Ben Yoder of Electric Image, Inc., 530-672-8476, or
 byoder@electricimage.com.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
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 SOURCE  Sun Microsystems, Inc.