Sun strikes back at Compaq Wildfire claims

Performance not the issue -- but is UltraSparc III late?

The battle at the high end ratched up a notch today as Sun hit back at Compaq's claims that Wildfire would thrash its Starfire product (see Compaq details Wildfire attack on Sun). Samantha Owen, enterprise server manager at Sun UK, said: "They [Compaq] are mispositioning their products against ours." She said that Sun's Starfire technology, which uses 400MHz UltraSparc II chips, could not be compared with Wildfire. "We can cluster Starfire without worrying about connections," she said. "We can do 64 CPUs in one box." She said: "Relying purely on performance is a mistake. This is about reliability and scaleability of the platform." But as we went to press, information which Owen would not comment on, suggested that Sun's next-generation Risc processor, the UltraSparc III, is late. It could be Q2 next year, our source said. By that time, Compaq is likely to be demoing 1GHz EV68 chips. ®

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