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New products for the week of October 29

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Product: COMPstation U2300, U1300 - Two 64-bit, 300 MHz, UltraSPARC Web Servers (U1300 - $22,020, U2300 - $31,320)
Company: Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. (Milpitas, CA)
Telephone: (800) 659-5902, (408) 383-0988
Fax: (408) 383-0886
E-mail: mkt@tsti.com
URL: http://www.tsti.com
Platforms: UltraSPARC II, Solaris 2.5.1
Description: The COMPstation model U2300 has two, 300 MHz processors with 2 Mb of external cache per processor; the U1300 has one processor. Both configurations include a standard 128 Mb of memory and a 4 Gb hard drive that can be expanded to 2 Gb of memory and 18 Gb disk storage. The Solaris 2.5.1 operating system is pre-installed. There is a choice of an MGX graphics accelerator for full-motion video and 24-bit applications or a Turbo GX graphics card. A 20-inch monitor is included. Other features include a 128-bit UPA slot, a 64-bit slot for Creator graphics cards, four SBus slots, two serial ports, one parallel port, a 100-BaseT Ethernet interface, Fast Wide SCSI-2, a 12-speed CD-ROM drive, and CD-quality, 16-bit audio. Both include symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) as a standard feature. The U2300 has performance ratings of 12.3 SPECint_95, 20.2 SPECfp_95, 219 SPECint_rate95, and 254.0 SPECfp_rate95. The U1300 is 12.1 SPECint_95, 15.5 SPECfp_95, 110 SPECint_rate95, and 142.0 SPECfp_rate95.

Product: COMPstation U2300i, U1300i - Two 64-bit, 300 MHz, UltraSPARC Web Servers (U1300i - $19,590, U2300i - $28,910)
Company: Tatung Science & Technology, Inc. (Milpitas, CA)
Telephone: (800) 659-5902, (408) 383-0988
Fax: (408) 383-0886
E-mail: mkt@tsti.com
URL: http://www.tsti.com
Platforms: UltraSPARC II, Solaris 2.5.1
Description: The COMPstation model U2300i has two, 300 MHz processors with 2 Mb of external cache per processor; the U1300i has one processor. Both can be expanded to 2 Gb of memory and up to 18 Gb disk storage. Both include symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) as a standard feature. The U2300i has performance ratings of 12.3 SPECint_95, 20.2 SPECfp_95, 219 SPECint_rate95, and 254.0 SPECfp_rate95. The U1300i is 12.1 SPECint_95, 15.5 SPECfp_95, 110 SPECint_rate95, and 142.0 SPECfp_rate95.

Product: Disc Transporter - Enhancement for CD recording systems
Company: Kodak Digital Science (Rochester, NY)
Telephone: (716) 588-8167
E-mail: info@kodak.com
URL: http://www.kodak.com
Platforms: Young Minds CD Studio
Description: Disc Transporter automatically selects blank compact discs from an input spindle and places them in the open drawers of recorders. When the disc recording operation is completed, the disc is moved to a removable output spindle and another blank disc is loaded for continuous production flow. Enables half-height tray-load recorders to run attended. Rimage in-line printers can also be used, allowing entry-level systems to have both unattended recording and in-line printing.

Product: GigaRAID/HA - High-availability ($0.52 per Mb)
Company: Andataco-IPL Systems, Inc. (San Diego, CA)
Telephone: (800) 475-3678, (508) 461-1090
E-mail: info@iplsys.com
URL: http://www.iplsys.com
Platforms: Windows NT, UNIX(Sun, HP)
Description: Uses dual-active Ultra-SCSI controllers with up to 128 Mb cache (64 Mb standard). 64 Kb to 10245 Kb variable stripe sizing, and Database RAID for parity-only striping. Includes an early warning system for failure prevention. Client/Server Storage Management software lets users configure, tune, manage, and service enterprise-wide GigaRAID/HA storage from one location.

Product: Lifeline 2000 - High-availability, symmetric, fault tolerant servers (from $121,000)
Company: Invincible Technologies Corporation (Medway, MA)
Telephone: (800) 482-6550, (508) 533-3099
Fax: (508) 533-3199
E-mail: info@invincible.com
URL: http://www.invincible.com
Platforms: SPARC, Solaris
Description: Lifeline 2000 is an UltraSPARC-based server for NFS, databases (including Oracle), Web and other applications. The 2000 SFT:ClearCase Edition offers a fault tolerant environment for VOB, registry, license and other services requiring continuous access to files. It supports HTTP protocol for use in an I/O-intensive Web server solution. PC connectivity is enabled via Lifeline PC Connect for multiplatform, multiprotocol environments. Browser-based management features are provided through the Java Management, Environmental and Diagnostic Subsystem (J.MEDS). SFTnet software continuously monitors for potential failures. Supports up to four RAID storage subsystems for raw storage up to 1,056 Gb or 845 Gb usable RAID 5.

Product: UltraBook - Portable Unix workstation for advanced technical applications
Company: RDI Computer Corp. (Carlsbad, CA)
Telephone: (800) RDI-LITE, (760) 929-0992
Fax: (760) 929-9702
E-mail: info@rdi.com
URL: http://www.rdi.com
Platforms: SPARC
Description: 100 percent UltraSPARC-compatible notebook equivalent to Sun's Ultra 1 midrange desktop. Available in 200-MHz or 167-MHz UltraSPARC versions with up to 512 MB memory and three 3-GB removable disk drives. 14.1-inch or 12.1-inch high-resolution display. Graphics options include PCI-based ATI RAGE LT controller or Sun Creator 3D (Creator 3D available for 14.1-inch LCD model only). Optional 58 K/bps PCMCIA fax/modem card with cellular phone support. Processor/performance: 200-MHz UltraSPARC1, version 9 (SPECint95 7.44; SPECfp95 10.4); 167-MHz UltraSPARC1, version 9 (SPECint95 5.56; SPECfp95 9.06). 16 KB data cache, 16 KB instruction cache, and support for up to 512 KB secondary cache. Runs Solaris 2.5.1/2.6, and includes Java virtual machine, HotJava browser.

Product: SHA220, SHA400, SHA450 - SCSI and Ethernet adapters ($695, $495, $550)
Company: Integrix, Inc. (Newbury Park, CA)
Telephone: (800) 300-8288, (805) 376-1000
Fax: (805) 376-1001
E-mail: sales@integrix.com
URL: http://www.integrix.com
Platforms: SPARC
Description: SHA220: 20 Mb/sec Fast Wide SCSI-2 interface, can be used to upgrade first generation SPARC workstations and servers. Also includes a 10/100 Mb/sec Fast Ethernet interface. SHA400: Ultra Wide SCSI-2 single-ended adapter with throughput up to 40 Mb/sec. SHA450: Ultra Wide differential interface provides higher transfer rates (up to 40 Mb/sec) and reliability for peripherals linked at greater distances.

Product: SPARCbook 3000 Series - Notebook computers based on 170 MHz TurboSPARC processor ($18,650 - $26,700)
Company: Tadpole Technology, Inc. (Austin, TX)
Telephone: (800) 232-6656, (512) 219-2200
Fax: (512) 219-2222
Platforms: Solaris 2.5.1
Description: SPARCbook 3000XT: 12.1-inch active matrix TFT display with 1024 x 768 resolution. SPARCbook 3000ST: 800 x 600 resolution display. Both have 170 MHz TurboSPARC processor with 256 Kb of Level 2 cache. 3.5 SPECint95 and 3.0 SPECfp95 performance ratings. 32 - 256 Mb DRAM. 3 Gb removable hard disk. Two PCMCIA slots. Built-in ISDN, Ethernet, SCSI-2, one parallel, two serial ports..


Product: ARIA 2.0 - Web activity recording and reporting software (from $2,000 for Windows NT, $9,995 for UNIX)
Company: Andromedia, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: (415) 278-0700
E-mail: info@andromedia.com
URL: http://www.andromedia.com
Platforms: UNIX (HP, Sun), Windows NT
Description: Simultaneously monitors data from multiple Web sites hosted on single or multiple machines; ideal for Web hosting companies and large, complex Internet installations. Includes improved reporting, viewing and administrative functions. Scales to support large destination and information Websites, as many as 10 million hits per day or more. Large corporations with a single Web site served by multiple servers in separate geographical locations can simultaneously track all activity. Clients need no special software, since their browsers can view the reports. The database is self-cleaning and compacting.

Product: Dynamic Publisher - Database server plug-in
Company: Intermind Corporation (Seattle, WA)
Telephone: (800) 625-6150, (206) 812-8408
E-mail: info@intermind.com
URL: http://www.intermind.com
Platforms: Solaris
Description: Creates customizable Internet or intranet channels of interest, on the fly. Suited for Web sites generated from databases or other applications, or static Web sites supported by a search engine. Co-marketed by Intermind and Sun Microsystems. Product works with any database; dynamically creates channel updates when specific database changes occur, increases the granularity and personalization of updates, and enhances the efficiency and accuracy of information updates.

Product: Fresco 2.0 - development tool for intranet database applications ($4950)
Company: Infoscape, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: (415) 442-5050
Fax: (415) 442-5055
E-mail: info@infoscape.com
URL: http://www.infoscape.com
Platforms: Sun JDK 1.0.2, 1.1.1, and 1.1.2, Netscape and Microsoft browsers
Description: Fresco 2.0 provides a network-based architecture for the development of intranet business applications, with enhanced database transaction management, instant application publishing, iterative development and "plug and play" support for custom business logic components. Ideal for creating order management, insurance claims, human resources, travel expense and contact manager applications.

Product: Orb/Enable 2.2 - CORBA 2.0 productivity toolset ($995 Windows, $1500 UNIX)
Company: Black & White Software, Inc. (Campbell, CA)
Telephone: (408) 369-7400
Fax: (408) 369-7406
E-mail: info@blackwhite.com
URL: http://www.blackwhite.com
Platforms: Windows 95, NT, UNIX
Description: Toolset simplifies CORBA application development with the object request broker (ORB) from Iona Technologies. Browses, manipulates and manages CORBA information. C++ and Java code generation from compiled IDL descriptions, graphical viewing of CORBA interface repository contents, and automatic deployment of servers. Interface descriptions can be developed using a built-in IDL Editor, or existing IDL files can be imported. The C++ or Java compiler is invoked from within the editor. A Visual IR Browser provides list and tree views of CORBA server interfaces. The Server Manager can register a new server with the CORBA Implementation Repository. It can connect to multiple hosts concurrently.

Product: VisualWave Server 2.1 - Deploys client, server and Web applications (Windows NT - $4,995; UNIX - $9,995)
Company: ParcPlace-Digitalk, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA)
Telephone: (800) 759-7272, (408) 481-9090
Fax: (408) 481-9095
E-mail: info@parcplace.com
URL: http://www.parcplace.com
Platforms: Windows NT, HP-UX, Sun Solaris
Description: Extends VisualWave 1.0c by enabling the delivery of business applications across the Internet and corporate intranets. New client side support includes JavaScript and VRML, Java rendering, framesets, and client pull. Supports Netscape's NSAPI and Smalltalk's THAPI. Provides session management for Web applications. Supports Oracle's ONCRCP for remote procedure calls. Applications can be loaded or unloaded dynamically. Applications are compatible with most popular Web browsers and HTTP servers.


Product: COBOL, Dates and the Year 2000 - Year 2000 training material and software ($99 (source code diskette an additional $99))
Company: King Computer Services, Inc. (Tujunga, CA)
Telephone: (818) 951-5240
Fax: (818) 353-1278
E-mail: COBOLJIT@aol.com
URL: http://members.aol.com/COBOL2K
Platforms: COBOL
Description: 348-page report covers the Year 2000 problem and solutions to it, including a cook book of COBOL routines. Written for both non-technical and technical people. The technical section uses source code examples for locating dates and performing conversions. Code listings also show how to handle date problems, dates in files, on screens, and in reports, Gregorian and Julian dates, routines for date entry, validation, conversions, system dates, fiscal date handling, common date handling pitfalls, day differences, adding days to dates, days of the week, and date comparisons. An optional disk is available.

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