Sun Supports AMD Athlon 64 Processor with Java Desktop System

9/26/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) announced support of the Java Desktop System on the AMD Athlon 64 processor, leveraging the momentum of Sun's Java Desktop System and fulfilling customer demand for an alternative desktop. Sun will provide both 32- and 64-bit Java Desktop System support for the AMD Athlon 64 processor recently announced in San Francisco. Customers in areas such as manufacturing, call centers and governments will benefit from the system's increased processing and memory power, and enhanced ability to process mixed and digital media as well as graphics-intensive computing.

The Java Desktop System represents the first viable Windows alternative in 15 years, delivering a secure, familiar, affordable desktop solution to enterprise customers for a fraction of the price. The Java Desktop System includes a full desktop environment, a seamlessly interoperable StarOffice 7 productivity suite, the latest release of the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) platform, an innovative windowing environment, the popular Mozilla browser and an integrated Linux operating system plus e-mail, calendaring and instant messaging applications able to run customers' existing x86-compatible hardware.

"By ruthlessly focusing on compatibility and interoperability, Sun's Java Desktop System represents the industry's first alternative to the Microsoft Windows desktop," said Jonathan Schwartz, EVP Software. "Sun believes both Linux and Solaris play a strong role in the evolution of a reinvigorated desktop and workstation environment - with AMD Athlon 64 processor support for the Java Desktop System, we'll be delivering on our promise to provide a unique, multi-platform solution that reduces cost and complexity, while driving performance and innovation. Windows of opportunity are opening."

"AMD has collaborated with Sun to bring 32- and 64-bit desktop support to the enterprise on AMD64 technology," said Rich Heye, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "The Java Desktop System on the AMD Athlon 64 processor will provide enterprise customers performance and scalability in either 32- or 64-bit environments, and delivers the interoperability between Linux, Solaris and Windows environments - extending our shared customers' investments."

The AMD Athlon 64 processor for desktops and notebooks is designed for high-performance computing and wireless connectivity. The processor is both 64-bit capable and completely 32-bit compatible, making the Java Desktop also available to these platforms.

Recently launched at the SunNetwork Conference, the Java Desktop System is a comprehensive, secure, highly affordable enterprise desktop solution that is simple to use and works with existing infrastructure. Key features include a well-defined, integrated look and feel, familiar desktop themes, as well as document and printing interoperability with Linux, Solaris and Windows environments.

U.S. list price for the Java Desktop System is priced annually at $100 per desktop user or $50 per employee for existing Java Enterprise System customers. The Java Desktop System will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. For a limited time, Sun will also be offering an aggressive trade-up program for users looking to move off of their existing desktop. By providing Sun their proof of purchase to their existing desktop environment, qualified users will be able to purchase the Java Desktop System for $50.

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