Sun Microsystems Inc co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim has resigned to concentrate on his Mountain View networking start-up Granite Systems Inc : Bechtolsheim built the original Sun workstation while he was still at Stanford working on his PhD, and left Stanford in 1982 to form Sun with Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla and Scott McNealy – it was […]
Sun Microsystems Inc co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim has resigned to concentrate on his Mountain View networking start-up Granite Systems Inc : Bechtolsheim built the original Sun workstation while he was still at Stanford working on his PhD, and left Stanford in 1982 to form Sun with Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla and Scott McNealy – it was Bechtolsheim that championed Sun’s open computing approach based around Unix, but Granite is expected to concentrate on local network switching technologies, and will likely be in competition with its near neighbours Cisco Systems Inc , Menlo Park and Bay Networks Inc of Santa Clara; initially it will have five employees, according to Reuters.
Motorola Inc and IBM Corp have long looked like necessary allies rather than close friends in their PowerPC alliance, and another indication that relationships between the two are a little strained is the news that Motorola has rejected IBM’s Mach-derived real-time microkernel, in stead deciding to buy 11% now and up top 24% of Microware Systems Corp and go for OS/9 (CI No 2,726).
Despite serious supply constraints, Apple Computer Inc plans to increase its supply of Macintoshes by the Christmas season: it expects to increase its number of units available by about 25% during the current quarter to September 30 and by about 50% in the following quarter.
Corel Corp is betting the company on its $700 CorelDraw 6 32-bit graphics package, which includes five fully-featured applications for illustration, photo-editing and painting, business and multimedia presentations, three-dimensional rendering and animation; it was formally launched on Thursday – even though created specifically for Windows95 – and the company reckons it could get more than 150,000 copies away by the end of the month, and gain a 60% lift in its turnover this year on the back of the thing.
Shares in Netscape Communications Corp continued their slide on Friday, dipping to $48.50 before recovering to settle at around $50 – It was a trap – a whole lot of people did a real dumb thing, said Michael Murphy, publisher of California Technology Stock Letter – many people who use Netscape’s browser on their desktop and don’t know about stocks bought it; he sees the price falling back to somewhere in the mid-20s; only those privileged to get some shares at the issue price are ahead now.
Fujitsu Ltd is looking for a US partner to help it find the $1,000m it needs for its new 16M-bit memory chip plant in Gresham, Oregon and share in the plant’s output, Bloomberg Business News quotes Fujitsu president Tadashi Sekizawa saying: only names we can come up with that could raise the cash and might be interested are National Semiconductor Corp – at a pinch, and Intel Corp, which is a firm possibility; Advanced Micro Devices Inc might like the idea and is already bes’ friends with Fujitsu, but would find it hard to raise the $500m.
Microsoft Corp has turned to Copenhagen, Denmark-based Olicom A/S for Asynchronous Transfer Mode local network emulation and signalling software for inclusion in its operating systems: local network emulation defines how Token Ring and Ethernet network operating systems and compatible applications can run unmodified on Asynchronous Transfer Mode networks – using it, existing off-the-shelf applications can harness the bandwidth of the nets with no need for a native Asynchronous Transfer network operating system.
America Online Inc president and chief executive Steve Case says nearly 700,000 new subscribers joined the network in its fiscal fourth quarter to June: the additions tripled the subscriber base for the second year in a row, bringing total subscriber base to over 3m.
Kokusai Denshin Denwa Co plans to cut 1,200 employees from its parent company workforce by the fiscal year ending March 31 2001, leaving it with a workforce of 3,000 – but rather than fire people, it will seek to transfer them to affiliated companies, offer early retirement packa ges, cap the number of new hires and not replace its re
Dell Computer Corp says it expects to introduce Intel Corp P6 architecture network servers in the first half of next year: our server development programmes are focused to bypass the P5 architecture and go directly to the P6 architecture, so in the first and second quarter next year you should see significant product offerings in our server portfolio, Dell vice-chairman Morton Topfer told Reuter.
HAL Computers Ltd’s long-overdue Sparc64-based R1 workstations and RD servers have been pushed out to the end of the year from an anticipated third quarter introduction.
Gaithersburg, Maryland-based Orange Systems Inc plans to go public in late 1995 or early 1996, and so it wants everyone to know who it is: the company is a provider of software and services to the client-server market, and says annual revenues should reach $100m within five years, from an expected $31m this year – software revenues should increase by 50% to 100% per year, with steady growth in the other businesses, Orange said; the company plans annual growth of 30% by expanding software development and professional services sales.
Compaq Computer Corp, citing a Dataquest survey, says it captured the largest market share in sales of branded monitors in 1994: it says it increased its monitor shipments 55.4% in 1994 over 1993 and captured the top spot in unit sales among the top 10 monitor vendors, surpassing IBM Corp, NEC Corp and Apple Computer Inc during the year, winning a 15% unit market share among the top 10 branded monitors.
3DO Co president and chief executive Trip Hawkins has been telling Reuters that about 700,000 units of the company’s Interactive Multiplayer have sold worldwide, up from roughly 500,000 a few months ago; the Multiplayer is now sold in more than 10,000 retail stores in the US, up from under 4,000 a year ago.
The US Federal Communications Commission is to delay the start of its planned airwave auctions for entrepreneurs following the court ruling ordering the agency to suspend the auctions: it had already postponed the filing deadline for bidders and the Commission will announce a new auction date at a later time; they were to have started on August 29.
Santa Clara, California-based embedded chip set designer V3 Semiconductor Inc has chosen Samsung Semiconductor Inc as its primary fabrication foundry: the first V3 products to be manufactured by Samsung will be the VxPBC line of PCI bridges for iAPX-86 and Am486 embedded processors, which will ship early next month to networking, mass storage and imaging accounts.
AT&T Austria says it is looking for an Austrian partner to contribute capital and local knowledge to join it in its bid for the country’s second digital cellular network.
We have the advantage that we’ve been working, developing the software and microcode for our systems longer, Bob Ano, senior vice-president of marketing at EMC Corp tells the Wall Street Journal apropos IBM Corp’s disk array difficulties: IBM can throw all the people and money at it that it wants, but you can’t have a baby in one month by getting nine mothers together.