Sun at the conference gave a preview of the future direction of NetBeans. The company announced NetBeans 3.5 over the summer and plans to deliver NetBeans 3.6 in the first half of 2004 and NetBeans 4.0 in the second half, Keller said. NetBeans 3.6 will include a revamped user interface, and NetBeans 4.0 will include new developer-focused enhancements such as support for refactoring and code folding, he said. Keller added that the popularity of NetBeans continues to grow, claiming that developers have made 1.3 million downloads of the technology in 120 days since midsummer."We will continue to drive our low-cost grid computing message," Tolliver said. Sun announced its Sun Fire B100x, a single-processor, x86 blade server based on the AMD Mobile Athlon XP 1800 processor. Sun will also deliver high-performance x86 systems in its Sun Fire V65x and V60x systems that will use Intel Corp.s Xeon 3.2GHz processors and early next year, Sun will ship new systems based on AMDs Opteron processors, the company said. "We have a couple of servers coming out to appeal to our largest industry segment, the telecommunications industry," Tolliver said. Sun also announced its new Netra 240 server and its Netra CT820 server running Solaris and UltraSPARC technology and targeting the telecommunications market. Sun also announced some high performance visualization and technical computing solutions, including the Sun Blade 2500 workstation, the Sun Fire Visualization Grid System, the Sun XVR-600 graphics accelerator card and the SX1500 and SX2500 boards. And Sun announced new reference architectures, including the Secure Web Server Reference Architecture, Enhanced Communications Services Reference Architecture, and Web Applications Firewall Reference Architecture.Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum For more on Suns hardware announcements, read "Sun Serves Another Round of Low-End Servers."
"We have an interesting portfolio of products being announced," Tolliver said, noting that Sun has new hardware announcements featuring Advanced Micro Devices Inc. technology and other things.