Sun Microsystems is rolling out three new workstations, including two running on Advanced Micro Devices Opteron processor and all with the Solaris 10 operating system preinstalled.
Two of the workstations—the Opteron-based Ultra 40 and UltraSPARC IIIi-powered Ultra 45—also come preloaded with Suns N1 grid software, a key for users who need flexibility in how they deploy their compute resources.
The Ultra 40 can run on single- or dual-core Opterons, with multiple 8GB-per-second HyperTransport interconnects. The other AMD-based system, the Ultra 20, is aimed at the software development and design markets, officials said. Both systems are shipping now.
The Ultra 45 workstation, which will ship later in February, offers up to two 1.6GHz UltraSPARC IIIi chips and comes with a new chassis designed for greater air flow and noise reduction.
The systems also bring a host of bundled software, including Sun Studio, Java Studio Creator and Java Studio Enterprise. They also can run Linux and Windows, a key consideration in the $4.5 billion workstation space, according to company officials.