PCs and Servers

Compaq's new Proliant server

During press time, Compaq Computer planned to unveil the Proliant 1850R server, which is intended to replace the 850R, and offer what company officials say is a substantial performance boost. The 1850R platform includes a World Wide Web server, an electronic commerce server and a firewall server that is part of Compaq's Axent series. No Australian pricing was available; however US pricing was marked at $US6100.

HP launches Windows-based terminals

Hewlett-Packard recently became one of the first major system vendors to ship a Windows-based Terminal (WBT), addressing the growing demand for graphical terminals to replace its character-based predecessors. The terminal uses an embedded AMD x86 processor and works with Citrix Systems' Independent Computing Architecture (ICA), WinFrame, and MetaFrame protocols to access WindowsAMD gives Intel a run for its money!

Advanced Micro Devices' next-generation K7 processor, which is scheduled for introduction in next year's first half, promises to give PC buyers a new high-performance alternative to Intel's market leading processor offerings. K7 systems are likely to be cheaper due to AMD's tradition of pricing its chips 25 per cent lower than comparative Intel offerings.

The K7 will run at clock speeds of 500MHz and 550MHz when it is introduced sometime in next year's second quarter, according to AMD's road map.

Sun delays UltraSPARC III

It looks like there are some clouds over Sun Microsystems' plans to ship its next-generation UltraSPARC III microprocessor by yet another few months. Sun confirmed that it is delaying shipment of the 64-bit chip family, but it refused to specify any reason for the delay. UltraSPARC III, the third generation of Sun's UltraSPARC line of RISC chips, was announced last October. At that time, Sun said it expected the first UltraSPARC III chip to start shipping by mid-year.

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