New Sun 1+ GHz Systems Deliver Superior Floating Point Performance Over Competitive SGI and HP Systems

10/23/2002 - Sun Microsystems now offers the 1.015 GHz UltraSPARC III Cu CPU for high-end Sun Blade 2000 workstations at no additional cost to the customer. Taking price/performance to a new level, the Sun Blade 2000 configurations based on the higher-speed processor are offered at the same price point as previous Sun Blade 2000 configurations featuring the 900 MHz UltraSPARC III processor.

The Sun BladeTM 2000 workstation 1.015 GHz demonstrates why Sun continues to lead the UNIX® workstation market with 69 percent marketshare — delivering technological innovation at competitive price points. Proving that customers can get more for their money with Sun systems, the Sun Blade 2000 1+ GHz systems deliver floating point performance (SPECfp2000) that is 108 percent faster than SGI's Octane2/600 MHz; 46 percent faster than SGI's Fuel Visual Workstation/600 MHz;(1) 34.5 percent faster than the HP C3700/750 MHz; 33 percent faster in floating point than HP J6700.(2)

"With application demands and the need for more compute power growing in tandem, the new 1.015 GHz configuration of the Sun Blade 2000 workstation shows Sun's continued vested interest in high-end users," said Fred Kohout, Director of Marketing, Client and Technical Market Products of Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Sun is really pushing the envelope in price/performance with this offering, giving customers the high-end processing power that they need through a range of systems that meet both their performance and budget requirements."

Featuring optional single or dual 1.015 GHz UltraSPARC® III processors, mature 64-bit architecture, high-end 3D visualization capabilities, and the robust SolarisTM 8 Operating Environment, the high-performance Sun Blade 2000 1.015 GHz UltraSPARC III workstations are designed for high-end technical disciplines, including Oil and Gas, Government/Defense, Scientific Research and Visualization. With up to two 73 GB internal FC-AL disk drives and 4.8 GB per second throughput, Sun Blade 2000 workstations deftly handle compute and graphically intensive applications that require high-performance, multiprocessing capabilities, high-end 3D graphics, and large expansion capacity.

Pricing and Availability of 1+ GHz Sun Blade 2000
The Sun Blade 2000 workstation with the 1.015 GHz UltraSPARC III processor is available today starting at $10,995.00 list price U.S., and is orderable direct from Sun or its authorized resellers worldwide.

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(1) DH Brown Workstation Pricing and Configuration Monitor Report - June 7, 2002.

(2) SPEC and SPECfp are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on as of October 22, 2002. The comparison presented above is based on 1-2 cpu workstations currently shipping by HP.

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