Sun Microsystems Inc. will unveil
Tuesday its first Unix workstation priced less than $1,000 as it
tries to regain ground lost to competitors.
The Sun Blade 100 workstation is designed to compete against
powerful Microsoft Windows-based PCs which have cut into the
business computer market once mostly reserved for workstations
running on Unix operating systems, Sun officials said.
Workstations are powerful computers typically used by engineers,
financial analysts and graphic designers who need vast amounts of
Last month, Sun also announced a low-end server that sells for
$995. Servers are the computers that manage Internet sites and
"We're taking on the PC market on its home turf with price and
performance," said Fred Kohout, director of marketing for Sun's
technical-market product group.
Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun holds more than a 60 percent share
of the market for powerful, number-crunching Unix-based systems.
In the past few years, however, more and more businesses started
to adopt powerful and cheaper Windows-based PCs to run complex
The Sun Blade 100 workstation will sell for $995 without a
monitor. It's more powerful and $1000 less than Sun's own
comparable Ultra 5 workstation its best-selling Unix machine.
The new machine is also five times cheaper than a comparable
machine by Hewlett-Packard, which Sun said is its closest
The new workstation also has twice the memory and is roughly
half the price of Dell Computer Corp.'s 32-bit workstation, Kohout
With a PCi card for an extra $195, the Sun Blade 100 machine
would be able to run applications on both Microsoft's Windows and
Sun's Solaris operating system.