Microway introduced its new WhisperStation workstation, designed for use in demanding design applications or small- to medium-sized cluster environments. WhisperStation features dual AMD Opteron or Intel Xeon EM64T processors, an NVIDIA FX1300 PCI Express Graphics engine, 2GB of memory, ultra-quiet fans and power supply and a Viewsonic 20" LCD monitor. WhisperStation is available with a 64-bit install of Red Hat, SUSE or Gentoo, or Microsoft Windows. It can be custom configured to exact user specifications, including large hard disks, RAID and specialized applications.
Microway Incorporated, Plymouth Industrial Park, 12 Richards Road, Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360, 508-746-7341, www.microway.com.
Tadpole Computer's Comet12 is a Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 compliant wireless mobile notebook designed for government users. Based on Tadpole's Comet line of wireless Sun Ray ultra-thin clients and Fortress Technologies' family of secure wireless gateways, the Comet12 provides secure encrypted wireless networking for Federal network and communications systems that handle sensitive information. The technology behind Comet12 enables user privacy, access control, device and user authentication and data link layer integrity to guard against denial-of-service attacks. The Comet12 has a 12.1" TFT-LCD XGA display, measures 10.4" x 8.7" x 0.9" and weighs about three pounds.
Tadpole Computers, 20450 Stevens Creek Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Cupertino, California 95014, 408-973-9944, www.tadpolecomputer.com.
Fujitsu Computer Systems announced the new PRIMEQUEST server line, based on the Intel Itanium 2 processor. The PRIMEQUEST server line combines datacenter class fault immunity and high system scalability for industry standard environments running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell/SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based systems. The PRIMEQUEST server architecture provides platform fault immunity, with up to eight highly available, independent and hardware-isolated partitions, each one being a fully independent server within the system. In addition, the chipset on the PRIMEQUEST server offers system mirror mode and flexible I/O capabilities to ensure high availability. PRIMEQUEST servers also feature redundant management networks hosting SSL protocols, integrated Gbit switching and hub connections, integrated SCSI hard drives and integrated KVM/USB for simplified partition management.
Fujitsu Computer Systems, 1250 East Arques Avenue, MS122, Sunnyvale, California 94085, 800-831-3183, us.fujitsu.com/computers.
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing introduced a new dual-channel video compression/decompression board, the Orion, available in both PMC and PCI form factors for use in VME, CompactPCI and desktop PCI systems. The Orion features dual on-board JPEG 2000 engines to support full-frame encoding of standard 625-line PAL or 525-line NTSC composite video. In input mode, Orion accepts up to ten single-ended or four differential analog PAL or NTSC video inputs, two of which can be selected for simultaneous JPEG 2000 compression. In output mode, Orion receives one or two JPEG 2000 data streams through the 64-bit, 66 MHz PCI bus, decompresses the data streams and outputs the resulting one or two independent PAL or NTSC video output signals by way of the 20-way MDR sockets located on the board's front panel. As part of a video capture and recording system, the resulting compressed video streams can be stored locally or distributed over a network to a remote display. Software support for Orion includes drivers for PowerPC-based Linux, with options available for other platforms. A low-level driver and comprehensive board support library provides a set of C functions for the card that can be ported to many OSes and host processor platforms. The Orion is available in either PMC or PCI form factors.
Curtiss-Wright Controls, 3120 Northwest Boulevard, Gastonia, North Carolina 28052-1167, 704-869-4600, http://www.cwcembedded.com.
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