Sun Unveils New 64-bit Workstation with Sun Blade 150
August 21, 2002
Sun Microsystems introduced its new price leader in 64-bit UNIX desktops, the Sun Blade 150 workstation. Featuring Sun's latest 64-bit UltraSPARC IIi processor, the Sun Blade 150 workstation promises to offer up to 76 percent performance gains over Sun's previous price-leading workstations, and cost less than half the price of comparable entry-level systems from HP.
According to the company, its Sun Blade 150 workstation's improved computing performance and memory addressability make it an ideal upgrade for software developers currently using entry-level Sun Ultra 5 or Sun Blade 100 workstations. The new workstation's improved 3D graphics performance may also makes it an excellent upgrade for Sun Ultra 10 workstation users.
The company says that the Sun Blade 150 workstation delivers twice the L2 on-chip cache memory, up to twice the 3D graphics performance, and double the storage capacity of the Sun Blade 100 workstation. Aimed at technical markets that require mission-critical stability and scalability, the Sun Blade 150 workstation's 64-bit UltraSPARC processor and 64-bit Solaris Operating Environment should deliver a powerful platform for technical computing customers, from electronic design automation (EDA) and mechanical computer-aided engineering/design (MCAE/MCAD), to scientific research, GIS and defense/government organizations.
When configured with the new Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator, the Sun Blade 150 workstation is designed to deliver advanced workstation graphics capabilities at an affordable price, including: 16 MB of dedicated memory for texture mapping operations; 32 MB of dedicated frame buffer memory; 32-bit Z-buffer support, which provides over 250 times greater precision for three dimensional graphics compared to 24-bit architectures; and high resolution 3D display support. The XVR-500 graphics accelerator, announced in May 2002, is based on 3Dlabs' Wildcat II architecture and should deliver high-performance 3D graphics functionality and image quality, important factors for customers using MCAD, MCAE or GIS visualization applications. The advanced graphics technology should deliver up to twice the performance of the Sun Expert3D-Lite graphics card.
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