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January  1996
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Product: UWS1/140 - UltraSPARC workstation (bare bones, $8,995; base configured, $13,995)
Company: Integrix Inc. (Newbury Park, CA)
Telephone: (800) 300-8288; (805) 375-1055
Fax: (805)/375-2799
Platforms: SPARC, Solaris 2.5
Description: An UltraSPARC-compatible workstation powered by the new 143-MHz processor from Sun's SPARC Technology Business (STB). This new 64-bit chip propels system performance with speeds two to ten times faster than previous SPARC systems, and offers advanced technology to support multimedia applications, extremely compute-intensive tasks and high-speed networking.
The UWS1/140 features a 10BaseT Ethernet interface, three SBus slots, two serial and one parallel port, Fast SCSI-2 and a host of audio interfaces. Options from Integrix include an internal floppy disk, internal CD-ROM drive, accelerated graphics, additional SBus slots and 100BaseT Ethernet. The UWS1/140 provides 215 SPECint92 and 302 SPECfp92.
For a base-configured system ($13,995 list), Integrix offers the UWS1/140-SYS with the system board, 32 megabytes of memory, 1.05-gigabyte hard disk, Turbo GX card, 17-inch color monitor, opto-mechanical mouse, Type-5 keyboard and Solaris 2.5 operating system.

Product: SuperCOMPstation 20 Model HS152-MP and Model HS151 - hyperSPARC workstations (SuperCOMPstation 20 Model HS151, $15,615; SuperCOMPstation 20 Model HS152-MP, $21,015)
Company: Tatung Science & Technology Inc. (Milpitas, CA)
Telephone: (800) 659-5902
Fax: (408) 383-0886
Platforms: SPARC
Description: These two new SPARC workstations utilize the 150-MHz hyperSPARC processor by Ross Technologies. With 512 kilobytes of cache, the 150-MHz hyperSPARC chip provides an estimated 30 percent performance improvement over other SPARCstation 20-class processors. The SuperCOMPstation 20 Model HS152-MP includes two processors and delivers 7310 SPECrate_int92 and 8758 SPECrate_fp92, according to Tatung. The Model HS151 uses a single processor and delivers 169.4 SPECint92 and 208.2 SPECfp92.
Standard configurations for both models include a 20-inch color monitor, two MBus slots, four 32/64-bit SBus slots, 32 MB of RAM, a 1.05-GB hard drive, Turbo GX graphics, internal 16-bit, CD-quality audio, and support for 24-bit true color SX graphics. Available upgrades include dual-processing capabilities (for the 20HS151), up to 512 MB of RAM, up to 4 GB or more hard disk storage, Turbo GX+2 (2-MB), Turbo GX+4 (4-MB) and 24-bit SX graphics cards, and color monitors in a range of sizes.
All new Tatung systems come complete with a one-year warranty and are available with either Solaris 1.x or 2.x pre-installed.

Product: Cascade XE - Disk array simultaneously attached to Sun and IBM mainframe (from $265,000 for 68GB to $475,000 for 136GB)
Company: Cambex Corp. (Waltham, MA)
Telephone: (617) 890-6000
Platforms: IBM RS/6000 and SP2, Sun SPARC, HP 9000 and Microsoft's Windows NT
Description: The new Cascade XE (cross-enterprise) system provides high availability and up to 272 gigabytes of mainframe or open system storage in a single, small-footprint DASD product. The Cascade XE simultaneously attaches to an IBM mainframe 3990 disk controller and to open-systems platforms or NT.
Mainframe and open-systems environments operate independently and are isolated through an electronic "firewall" that ensures data security and integrity. Unlike other solutions, Cambex says, data paths and cache memories are not shared between the different host environments, thereby ensuring that data cannot be corrupted by component failure or operator error.

Product: NetG-1 - Encryption module (under $5000)
Company: Digital Secured Networks Technology Inc. (Ronkonkome, NY)
Telephone: (516) 467-0400
Fax: (516) 467-4045
Platforms: 19-inch rackmount
Description: Encryption module allowing transparent security and authentication. With dual-ended installation, NetG-1 creates a secure point-to-point virtual private network over open networks.

Product: PowerHub 4100 series - Multiprotocol Fast Ethernet switch
Company: Alantec Corp. (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (800) 252-6832 or (408) 955-9000
Fax: (408) 955-9500
Platforms: IP, IP Multicast, and Novell IPX or AppleTalk protocols
Description: Provides multiprotocol routing, full-featured bridging and multilayer Virtual LAN (VLAN) support across both Fast Ethernet and Ethernet. Available in six fixed configuration modules, each offering a different number of -TX and -FX combinations, as well as four 10BaseT segments providing added connectivity for 10Mbps Ethernet. Supports full-featured bridging and multiprotocol routing of IP, IP Multicast, and a choice of Novell IPX or AppleTalk protocols. Each model will include 2-MB Flash Memory and a three-RISC CPU Packet Engine and will support up to 4,000 MAC addresses per system.


Product: ADM 2.0 - EDA transistor-level simulator (from $55,000)
Company: Anagram Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Telephone: (408) 720-7400
Fax: (408) 730-0877
Platforms: Sun, SGI, HP, IBM
Description: The ADM 2.0 transistor-level simulator provides 10X to 1000X speed improvement over SPICE for large memory and logic circuits and 10X to 100X speed improvement over SPICE for analog and mixed-signal circuits. Designed for IC designs with more than a million transistors, this enhanced product provides the same deep-submicron timing and power simulation capabilities as the company's first product yet offers faster speeds without compromising accuracy.
Target applications for ADM 2.0 are high-speed, low-voltage deep-submicron designs that require increased detail and accuracy, including memory designs such as DRAMs, processors, controllers, DSPs, CPUs, on-chip cache, dynamic logic, asynchronous designs, and analog and mixed-signal circuit topologies such as Op amps, current sources, A/D and D/A converters, PLLs and DLLs.

Product: ARCserve/Open v. 2.0 - High-speed backup and restoration
Company: Cheyenne Software Inc. (Roslyn Heights, NY)
Telephone: (516) 484-5110
Fax: (516) 484-2489
Platforms: Solaris 1, 2, and X86; SCO; HP-UX; AIX; Windows NT; Windows 3.1x; OS/2; Netware; DOS; Macintosh
Description: Cross-platform backup and recovery management, intelligent data protection, autochanger control, dormancy disk-space management for rarely used files, live database backup capability, parallel streaming, automatic configuration, and file tracking database. ARCserve/Open v. 2.0 offers pre-built agents for each operating system, as well as Oracle databases that allow simplified installation and security adherence.

Product: Black Widow - Connects CORBA objects to the WWW ($995)
Company: PostModern Computing (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (415) 967-6169
Fax: (415) 967-6212
Platforms: Solaris, Unix, Windows 95, Windows NT.
Description: Fault-tolerant object builder that can link CORBA objects to WWW applications and Java applets with automatic client-side and server-side Java or C++ code generation. Also supports object and application wrappers to connect legacy applications. Allows HTTP bypass in favor of CORBA protocol. Object replication allows load balancing and sharing.

Product: CADIS Krakatoa - Java-based WWW publishing/interactive search
Company: CADIS Inc. (Boulder, CO)
Telephone: (303) 440-4363
Fax: (303) 440-5309
Platforms: Java
Description: A publishing, interactive search and retrieval technology for the World Wide Web. Written in Java, CADIS Krakatoa is designed to allow companies to publish product information over the Web and provide interactive, intuitive access to that data based on product function and attributes. National Semiconductor provides interactive access to over 30,000 NSC products using this technology.

Product: CIMS - Integrated enterprise chargeback system
Company: Platinum Technology Inc. (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)
Telephone: (800) 442-6861 (708) 620-5000
Platforms: MVS, VM/VSE, Unix, Netware, Windows
Description: A solution designed to minimize IT costs by providing critical chargeback services that track information resources used organization-wide. The CIMS applications -- including Job Accounting, Chargeback, Cost Analysis, Resource Utilization Reporting, Capacity Planning and Resource Monitoring -- promise to provide effective, reliable cost recovery for heterogeneous, distributed computing environments.

Product: EiffelMath - Object-oriented programming of numerically intensive computations
Company: Interactive Software Engineering (Santa Barbara, CA)
Telephone: (805) 685-1006
Fax: (805) 685-6869
Platforms: Solaris 1 and 2, HP 9000, IBM RS6000, DEC Alpha OSF/1, Data General Aviion, Silicon Graphics, Linux, UnixWare and SCO
Description: Facilitates the programming of numerically-intensive computations in such areas as probability, statistics, numerical integration, linear and non-linear equations, ordinary differential equations, fitting and interpolation, orthogonal factorizations, linear least squares, optimization, special functions, Fast Fourier Transforms and time series analysis. Uses the numerical library from the Numerical Algorithms Group.

Product: Excalibur EFS WebFile - Document image management system ($4,950 plus standard EFS pricing for concurrent users)
Company: Excalibur Technologies Corp. (San Diego, CA)
Telephone: (800) 788-7758, (619) 438-7900, or +44-1344-893-444 (UK)
Fax: (619) 625-7900
Platforms: Unix, VMS and Windows/NT platforms
Description: Integrates Excalibur's searching capabilities and intuitive interface with advanced Web server technology.Users with a Web browser on any desktop platform can access EFS filerooms across the Internet.
WebFile supports more than 100 document input types, automatically generating HTML pages. WebFile supports a wide range of TIFF and DDIF image viewers.

Product: Illustra Server 3.2 - Object-oriented SQL database ($1,250 per concurrent user)
Company: Illustra Information Technologies Inc. (Oakland, CA)
Telephone: (510) 652-8200
Fax: (510) 869-6388
Platforms: Solaris, SGI/Tandem IRIX, and Windows NT
Description: SQL-command access to rich-data-type object-oriented database with unlimited data type capacity using installable modules. Supports inheritance, acts as a single-object repository, and has full extensibility, including support for access methods as well as data types.

Product: Web Element - WWW development tool
Company: Neuron Data Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) 876-4900, (415) 528-3450
Fax: (415) 943-2752
Platforms: Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh, IBM OS/2 and Unix
Description: A comprehensive development tool for building and integrating interactive WWW-based software components into business-critical applications. Provides both an instantly portable, custom Web browser and development capabilities for the growing number of Internet and Intranet developers. Web Element has two major sets of functionality designed to let developers embed Web browsers directly into business-critical applications. Developers can also customize Web browsers with Web Element Pro, which provides more flexibility by adding a Web Control and a C/C++ API. Web Element is designed to let businesses access all the resources of the WWW with a custom browser embedded in their applications.
The Web Element enables developers to integrate Web components into their distributed applications by providing the ability to build and integrate ObjectScript Applets -- mini programs written using Neuron Data's Elements and ObjectScript Language, and downloaded to the client with an HTML document.
Through the ObjectScript Language, the Web Element supports object interoperability on Windows platforms using OLE. Future releases will support interoperability through CORBA standards. In addition, Neuron Data is announcing support for emerging standards for Internet languages, and plans to support Java, JavaScript and VisualBasic Script in 1996.

Product: WebC - Web development environment ($499)
Company: Maximum Information Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: (415) 981-5800
Platforms: popular C++ compilers, Web servers, and Web browsers
Description: With more than 30 Web browsers on the market, each with varying capabilities and inconsistencies in functionality, it is the responsibility of the Web server to generate dynamic information and leverage browser capabilities. WebC promises to solve this problem by allowing Web servers to implement application functionality that is deployed using the capabilities of the browser accessing it.
Developers can integrate C and C++ code directly into existing and new HTML pages to transform static Web sites into the next generation of interactive Web-based applications, says Maximum. This highly intuitive programming paradigm lets developers rapidly bring existing C- and C++-based functionality to the Web, and provides easy connectivity to corporate databases.
The WebC Integrated Development Environment and Compiler work in conjunction with the programmer's C++ compiler of choice to generate Interactive Pages. These pages are deployed on a Web server and managed by the WebC Application Manager. The Application Manager allows developers to write multiple applications and support multiple domains on the same Web server, and can be freely distributed. Other features:


Product: Managing the New Enterprise - The Proof, Not the Hype
Company: SunSoft Press (Mountain View, CA)
By Harris Kern, Randy Johnson, Michael Hawkins, and Andrew Law with William Kennedy
R&H Associates
ISBN 0-13-231184-4
Description: This follow-on book to Rightsizing the New Enterprise discusses how to build and (day-to-day) manage a client-server heterogeneous environment that supports mission-critical applications.

Product: Threads Primer - A Guide to Multithreaded Programming
Company: SunSoft Press (Mountain View, CA)
By Bil Lewis and Daniel J. Berg
300 pages; ISBN 0-13-443698-9
Description: Written for developers and technical managers, this book provides a solid, basic understanding of threads -- what they are, how they work, and why they are useful. It covers the design and implementation of multithreaded programs as well as the business and technical benefits of writing threaded applications.
The Threads Primer discusses four different threading libraries: the POSIX, Solaris, OS/2, and Windows NT libraries. The Solaris and POSIX APIs are discussed in greatest depth, including implementation details and examples.
Topics covered include:

Product: Verilog HDL - A Guide to Digital Design and Synthesis
Company: SunSoft Press (Mountain View, CA)
By Samir Palnitkar
300 pages; includes CD-ROM; hardcover
ISBN 0-13-451675-3
Description: Written for both experienced and new users, this book offers a broad coverage of Verilog HDL. The book stresses the practical design perspective of Verilog rather than emphasizing the language aspects. The information presented is fully compliant with the upcoming IEEE 1364 Verilog HDL standard.
Among its features, the book

The book includes more than 300 illustrations, examples, and exercises, and a Verilog Internet reference resource list. Learning objectives and summaries are provided for each chapter. The CD-ROM contains a Verilog simulator with a graphical user interface and the source code for the examples in the book.

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