Sun to Unveil Low-End Workstations

In a bid to shore up its dwindling share of the low-end workstation market, sources said Sun Microsystems Inc. next month will announce a pair of inexpensive Solaris workstations designed to compete against systems running Windows NT.

In a bid to shore up its dwindling share of the low-end workstation market, sources said Sun Microsystems Inc. next month will announce a pair of inexpensive Solaris workstations designed to compete against systems running Windows NT.

The new workstations are being built for Sun by Mitek Lab Co., Ltd., a large Taiwanese PC maker, one source said.

One of the workstations reportedly will feature a single UltraSparc-II(i) processor and cost less than US$5,000, while the other is expected to include two processors will cost less than $US10,000.

An analyst who was briefed by Sun on the new products said they were designed to fill a major hole in the vendor's product line.

"Their low-end is screaming out for help," the analyst said. "SPARCstation 5 is an old product now. NT just beats it hands down, and Sun is losing a lot of its installed base to NT in the low-end."

Sun officials declined to comment on the products, which are scheduled to be officially announced on Jan. 13.

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