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New products for the month of June

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Product: LightPulse Five-Port Fibre Mini Hub - loop management and node-to-node distance extensions ($1,295)
Company: Emulex Corp. (Costa Mesa, CA)
Telephone: (714) 662-5600, (800) 854-7112
E-mail: info@emulex.com
URL: http://www.emulex.com
Description: A five-port hub solution for full-speed fibre channel throughput (1062.5 Mb/s). The fibre mini hub supports automatic bypassing of unused or unpowered ports, providing flexibility that is important to system administrators who need to add and/or remove users without affecting the rest of the network. Each mini hub repeats and refreshes the data signal which extends user distances and maintains signal quality. In addition, multiple mini hubs may be interconnected to support larger configurations providing for expansion capabilities as required.

Product: Marixx US II - Ultra 2 compatible systems
Company: Aries Research, Inc. (Fremont, CA)
Telephone: (510) 659-1544
E-mail: info@ari.com
URL: http://www.swanlake.com/aries
Platforms: Ultra SPARC
Description: Compatible products based on Sun's UltraSPARC Port Architecture (UPA). The US II features four SBus, fast-wide SCSI, 100-Mhz Fast Ethernet, one UPA slave socket for Creator graphics applications, and two UPA master sockets for UPA processor modules. 16 memory SIMM sockets support up to 2 Gb memory with 128 Mb SIMM modules. The US IIL is an Ultra 2 "Lite" system, with all the features of the Ultra 2 except it offers a single UPA module for uniprocessing applications and the traditional 8 SIMM sockets to support up to 1 Gb memory. Desktop and deskside models are available for both the US II and the US IIL. Upgrades to higher performance processors and from uniprocessing to multiprocessing are available for all US systems. Ultra SPARC, Sun's high performance, 64-bit RISC microprocessor, has on-chip multimedia support for desktop video conferencing, real-time MPEG-2 decompression, video effects, and texture mapped triangle rendering. Its highly scalar and high data throughput design enables it to move data at a peak rate of 1.3 Gb/second. While employing the visual instruction set (VIS), it can operate at a rate of 1.67 Gops/second.

Product: Maximum Peripheral Expansion Unit (MAX) - expansion unit for PowerLite portable workstations
Company: RDI Computer Corp. (Carlsbad, CA)
Telephone: (619) 929-0992, (800) RDI-LITE
E-mail: info@rdi.com
URL: http://www.rdi.com
Platforms: SPARC
Description: Expansion unit with greater disk capacity and a faster CD-ROM drive, for PowerLite portable SPARC-based workstations. Adds up to 18.2 gigabytes (Gb) of removable hard disk storage, two SBus expansion slots and battery backup to the 3.6 Gb of hard disk capacity available in a PowerLite for a total of up to 21.8 Gb of hard disk storage. Unit can incorporate up to two 9.1 Gb or 4.3 Gb hard disk drives. The drives are removable for additional security and data confidentiality. The 9.1 Gb drive is available with 9.7 millisecond (ms) average seek time, while the lower capacity drive is rated at 11.4 ms. Users may choose to incorporate a CD-ROM drive for the playback of stored data and loading of software. The 12X CD-ROM drive is installed in the 5.25-inch half-height bay in place of a removable hard disk drive. The unit provides users with protection against power interruptions with an on-board uninterruptable power supply (UPS). Supports third-party SBus expansion cards for high-end imaging, graphics and multimedia applications, video capture, networking, and communications.

Product: Ultra HPC servers - general-purpose, supercomputer-class SMP servers ($43,745 to $2.5 million)
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (415) 786-8323
E-mail: info@sun.com
URL: http://www.sun.com
Description: New line of servers address the needs of high-performance, floating point-intensive applications. Solves computationally complex problems through parallel computing technology in applications such as computational fluid dynamics, logic and circuit simulation, seismic depth migration and reservoir simulation, and statistical trend analysis. Users in academic/research, petroleum, Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering (MCAE), Electronic Design Automation (EDA) and financial and business analysis can now accomplish compute-intensive tasks that in the past required expensive and proprietary supercomputers. The systems utilize Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) server architecture, with its Uniform Memory Access (UMA) design, which is the most widely used model for developing and running parallel applications. The servers are bundled with the Sun Ultra HPC software environment, which includes workload management and MPI/PVM software libraries, giving technical customers a high level of parallel computing performance at an attractive price in shared memory, SMP systems as well as clusters of SMP systems. The servers are available in six different configurations ranging from 800 Mflop/s for the entry desktop Sun Ultra HPC 2 model, on up to 32 Gflop/s for the Sun Ultra HPC 10000.


Product: Emblaze Creator 2.0 - Internet multimedia authoring tool
Company: GEO Interactive Media Group (Givataim, Israel)
Telephone: +972-3-5733288
Fax: +972-3-5733290
URL: http://www.geo.inter.net/emblaze
Description: A multimedia authoring tool for the Internet. Can send streaming video and interactive graphics to a variety of computer platforms using only a Java-enabled browser, no special server software, no downloads and no plug-ins. Anyone with a 28.8 Kb modem can view and hear Emblazed media in real-time since its compression technology is a 400% improvement over JPEG and other file formats.

Product: Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1 - Java Development and Runtime Environment
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Telephone: (408) 343-1684
E-mail: info@sun.com
URL: http://java.sun.com/products/jdk/1.1
Platforms: Java
Description: The Java Development Kit (JDK) 1.1 is complemented by the Java Runtime Environment (JRE), a compact solution that developers can bundle within their applications. Using the JRE, developers can ship and deploy Java applications using JDK 1.1 capabilities. JRE gives developers flexibility and removes their dependency on the native operating system. JDK 1.1 adds several new features, including enhancements to the Abstract Windowing Toolkit, internationalization, support for JavaBeans, JDBC for database connectivity, and RMI for remote object access. JDK 1.1 also offers support for the JavaBeans APIs to enable developers to write re-usable components once and then run them anywhere. JavaBeans developers have a seamless way to run their applications in COM/ActiveX, OpenDoc, and Netscape's LiveConnect.

Product: M-C-M Simpson Plus - Web broadcasting software
Company: SNG CHICAGO (Chicago, IL)
Fax: (773) 643-8952
E-mail: snginfo@sngchicago.com
URL: http://www.sngchicago.com
Platforms: Mac, IBM PC, SUN, HP, Unix, NC, WebTV
Description: Product for the creation and design of headline messages for Web and intranet pages. Web sites use headlines for messaging and broadcasting; product provides forms to update, design and modify them. Includes double-byte support for many Asian languages. Suitable for the Electronic Software Distribution market. Updating message texts and making stylistic changes can be done online, from any Web-connected machine and requires no programming knowledge. Once messages are posted, headlines are automatically updated on browser screens without requiring a reload of the page. Product uses only 40 Kb of server space and doesn't require a special server data base or a dedicated server.

Product: Matrix Web User - front end for a product data management (PDM) system
Company: Adra Systems, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA)
Telephone: (508) 937-3700
E-mail: info@adra.com
URL: http://www.adra.com
Platforms: Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer
Description: A Java-based front end for a product data management (PDM) system. Client interface connects over the Internet or an intranet to the Matrix PDM system. Provides any person in an enterprise, from any location, with secure access to vital information through a standard Web browser. Used by business professionals engaged in complex, demanding product design and development activities in such markets as electronics, plant design, automotive, consumer products and aerospace. Any Matrix customer can access and view critical enterprise information from any standard Web browser. Because the underlying information is updated in real-time and managed through Matrix, users have instant access to accurate enterprise information.

Product: SWIIFT - suite of Web and Internet/intranet fax tools ($2,499)
Company: Faximum Software Inc. (West Vancouver, BC Canada)
Telephone: (604) 925-3600
Fax: (604) 926-8182
E-mail: info@Faximum.com
URL: http://www.faximum.com/
Platforms: Sun Solaris and HP-UX
Description: An add-on for Unix Web and e-mail servers; allows users to send and receive faxes using existing Web client software such as Netscape Navigator or an e-mail utility. Avoids the cost and complexity of installing special fax software on user machines. Supports open standards in general, and the Netscape ONE open network environment in particular. In addition, it enables the Netscape Messaging Server to deliver e-mail messages by fax and vice versa. The package includes the following major components: An Email/Fax Gateway -- for faxing, using an existing e-mail program; A Fax/Email Gateway -- for delivery of incoming faxes by e-mail thus supporting a single in-box for both e-mail and fax messages; A Fax/Web Gateway -- for viewing and managing received faxes using a Web browser; and A Web/Fax Gateway -- for sending faxes using only the existing Web browser.

Product: Solstice HA 1.3 - clustering software for Internet and database ($5000 per node)
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUNSOFT (800-786-7638) prompt 1
E-mail: info@sun.com
URL: http://www.sun.com/solstice
Description: Clustering software for mission-critical Internet and database computing. Reduces network server downtime. This is the first implementation of Sun's new clustering offering created by the Full Moon clustering project. Its technology and Solstice HA 1.3 will complement Sun's existing clustering products such as the Ultra Enterprise PDB (parallel database) cluster. Solstice HA delivers high availability for mission-critical computing, including off-the-shelf Internet services, relational database management systems (RDBMS), and network file system management. Provides advanced system monitoring, recovery, and application services. It also offers disaster recovery protection and allows users to operate with minimal disruption in the event of a disaster. It extends safeguards to remote servers by allowing clustered servers and storage devices to be placed more than a mile apart. An application programming interface (API) allows ISVs and customers to plug existing applications into the HA framework and exploit its automated fault detection and recovery functions.

Product: Solstice Network Client 3.0 - set of intranet and Internet tools, services and applications ($299.99)
Company: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Mountain View, CA)
Telephone: (800) SUN-SOFT
E-mail: info@sun.com
URL: http://www.sun.com/solstice/Net--client.html
Platforms: Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 3.x
Description: A set of intranet and Internet tools, services and applications used to link Windows users to heterogeneous corporate intranets and the Internet. Customers with existing intranet applications can purchase NFS Client software, for the same file and print services as the Network Client. NFS Client offers NFS v3 and a native NIS+ client, integrated into the Windows environment. In Windows NT and Windows 95, NFS Client extends the Network Neighborhood and the Windows Explorer, making it easy to use and requiring minimal end-user retraining. Network Client extends the application reach of the Windows desktop by incorporating a set of advanced intranet services including Netscape Navigator, an IMAP4 e-mail client, an X server, and connectivity to a wide range of host-based applications. It hides users from network bottlenecks by incorporating CacheFS technology that uses non-volatile disk caching to reduce server and network load, improving network performance, especially on slow links and devices (such as PPP and CD-ROM).

Product: TrustedWeb - intranet security system
Company: Siemens Nixdorf, USA (Burlington, MA)
Telephone: (617) 273-0480
E-mail: info@sni-usa.com
URL: http://www.TrustedWeb.com, http://www.siemens-nixdorf.com
Description: Provides 128-bit encryption, access control for users based on their role and function, and scalability. All users and their access rights are handled centrally -- the product is expandable and each change or addition of users can be handled immediately. It can be implemented by any organization using Internet technology for its internal corporate networks. This is a logical enhancement to firewall systems, which protect Intranets against unauthorized external access. It also prevents internal access to confidential Web pages or application data. User characteristics are stored in access control lists on the security server and define the resources and information content to be made accessible for each workplace and function. Access permission is granted by the system based on these characteristics. The product consists of three software components: "TrustedWeb Client" is installed and configured fully automatically over the network from a central location. "TrustedWeb Server" checks access on the basis of the role assigned to the user. "TrustedWeb Domain Security Server" grants access permission to the authenticated user.

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