Sun breaks $1000 mark with new 64-bit workstation

Sun Microsystems has unveiled the lowest priced 64-bit workstation on the market, breaking a barrier typically targeted by mainstream PC manufacturers.

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By  Jon Tullett Published  February 28, 2001

Sun Microsystems has introduced its new Sun Blade 100 workstation, marking the industry’s first 64-bit workstation to break the $1000 mark. The company also launched its new Expert3D-Lite graphics accelerator board.

The workstation runs Sun’s Solaris operating system, but by adding Sun’s SunPCi II coprocessor card, an independent Windows OS can be run consecutively, offering both Unix and Windows applications simultaneously.

The new Sun Blade 100 workstation sits well in the industry's entry-level market. HP's lowest-priced 64-bit system is about five times the price of the Sun Blade 100 workstation's $995 price tag (1). And when it comes to heavy lifting, the 64-bit Sun Blade 100 workstation's 2 GB of memory is double the capacity of the 32-bit Dell 220 PC.

Based on the 64-bit UltraSPARC IIe 500 MHz processor, the Sun Blade 100 workstation offers the Solaris 8 Operating Environment and features including its 64-bit architecture, 2 GB memory and professional 3D graphics capabilities.

The workstation will be targeted to specific markets, including software development, EDA (electronic design automation), financial services, entry-level MCAD/MCAE (mechanical computer-aided design/mechanical computer-aided engineering), education/research and digital content creation, Sun said.

“The Sun Blade 100 workstation with Sun Expert3D-Lite graphics should open new doors in markets which previously could not afford to develop in a UNIX environment,” said Kara Yokley, Workstation Research Analyst, IDC. “Sun Microsystems' strategy to offer 64-bit UNIX workstations at 32-bit PC prices has slowed the migration of technical users to Windows NT and helped Sun maintain its number one position in the UNIX market.”

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