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Sun's Expanded Workstation Portfolio
Sun Ultra 40 and 45 Join Sun Ultra 20 Workstations
February 20, 2006,
Volume 96, Issue 4

Our AMD Opteron and UltraSPARC processor-based workstations meet the demands of today's enterprises and developers...

-- Lisa Sieker

Sun's new workstations - Sun UltraTM 40 [15828] and Sun UltraTM 45 [15760] Workstations - provide flexibility in platform and OS choice and combine the stability and binary compatibility of SPARCR technology with the performance and flexibility of x64. These new Sun Ultra Workstations offer customers more options for operating systems than any other vendor, Sun reports.

Single- and dual-core capable Sun Ultra 40 Workstation and the enterprise-class UltraSPARCTM processor-based Sun Ultra 45 Workstation join Sun's workstation portfolio that also offers the Sun UltraTM 20 Workstation. The Sun Ultra 40 and Sun Ultra 45 Workstations ship with a license for Sun N1TM Grid Engine 6 software, making them the industry's first workstations to bundle grid software at no additional cost, and all three workstations include fully licensed versions of Sun's developer tools that include SunTM Studio, Sun JavaTM Studio Creator, Sun JavaTM Studio Enterprise and the NetBeansTM Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Highlights of each of these workstations' specific features are as follows:

  • The Sun Ultra 40 Workstation delivers visualization capabilities and performance with whisper-quiet operation. It combines the single- or dual-Core AMD Opteron 200 Series processors, large memory capacity and multiple 8 GB/sec HyperTransport interconnects, dual-PCI Express x16 graphics interfaces and the latest graphics technology from NVIDIA.

Early access customer Siemens Power Generation has been testing both single- and dual-core Sun Ultra 40 Workstations to run structural and computational fluid dynamics simulations. Wayne Johnson, senior system engineer of Siemens Power Generation, commented, "We are extremely impressed with the functionality and stability of the Sun Ultra 40 Workstation. Running both the Solaris 10 OS and Linux on the Sun Ultra 40 Workstation has vastly improved our performance and analysis times, which enables us to do more in less time and has resulted in more robust designs with shorter design cycles. I can see how the features and benefits of the new Sun workstations will be invaluable to any company involved with MCAD or visualization."

  • The dual-core AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Ultra 20 Workstation delivers price/performance for today's compute-intensive environments, especially for companies in the areas of software development, electronic design automation (EDA), mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) and academic research.

  • The UltraSPARC processor-based Sun Ultra 45 Workstation is one of the industry's first workstations that comes grid-ready to maximize compute resources in an enterprise environment. The Sun Ultra 45 Workstation has three times the storage capacity of the Sun BladeTM 2500 workstation and 2.6 times the graphics performance improvement with the new Sun XVR-2500 graphics accelerator - making the Sun Ultra 45 Workstation a seamless step up for existing SPARC customers.

"We continue to demonstrate that Sun combines the best technology with unparalleled innovation, allowing customers to reap the rewards," said Lisa Sieker, vice president of marketing, Network Systems Group, Sun. "Our AMD Opteron and UltraSPARC processor-based workstations meet the demands of today's enterprises and developers, while far exceeding the competition in terms of price, performance, flexibility and speed to market."

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