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NEW SUN CARD PROVIDES WORKSTATION WITH PC COMPATIBILITY.

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) is expanding its family of PC interoperability solutions which enables its UNIX(R) technology-based technical computing customers to collaborate more effectively with their PC-based co-workers and even run Microsoft Windows applications natively.

The company has previewed the SunPCi(TM) card, which will enable users to run Microsoft Windows and DOS applications natively on their Sun(TM) Ultra(TM) workstations. The easy-to-install PCI co-processor card will provide Sun customers with the ability to operate in both worlds, by allowing them to work with popular PC office productivity applications without sacrificing the ability to run the demanding technical applications they need in the more robust Solaris(TM) operating environment.

The SunPCi co-processor card is the latest addition to Sun's family of PC interoperability solutions which enables Sun workstation customers to work in the same e-mail, spreadsheet and other office productivity applications as their colleagues in different departments. The SunPCi card will give users of Sun's newer PCI-based workstations the same ability to run Windows and DOS applications natively that users of Sun's S-Bus workstations currently have with the SunPC(TM) co-processor card, with even greater performance. The SunPCi card integrates the Solaris and PC environments in a single, powerful desktop system and provides much higher performance than either the S-Bus SunPC card or software alternatives.

"No engineering department should be an island within an organization, so Sun continues to offer a variety of PC interoperability solutions to meet the varying needs of its technical computing customers," said Ken Okin, vice president and general manager of the Workstation Products Group at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Our new SunPCi card will allow our customers to enjoy the best of both worlds -- running both mission-critical technical applications and office productivity applications at high levels of performance on a single desktop system."

Dedicated Co-Processor and Memory Provide Higher Performance

The SunPCi card will feature a dedicated 300 MHz AMD K6-2 processor and 64 MB to 256 MB of PC memory to deliver the higher levels of performance needed to handle large documents, graphics and calculations in the PC environment. Sun provides sophisticated software to allow the system to transparently share monitor, drives, keyboard and mouse resources between the PC and Solaris environments. This combination delivers higher productivity and cost savings in addition to freeing up valuable desk space for users. The SunPCi card will support Microsoft Windows and DOS applications, whether purchased off-the-shelf or developed in-house.

Interoperability Solutions for a Full Range of Customer Needs

The SunPCi card will offer the best performance and greatest functionality of the products in Sun's full family of PC interoperability solutions, which satisfy a full range of customers' cost and performance needs, as follows:

-- PC file viewer -- the PC file viewer included with the Solaris operating environment allows customers to view and copy text from PC files.

-- Netscape plug-ins -- free Netscape plug-ins let customers view a wide variety of media types, including audio, video, graphics and documents such as Adobe Acrobat PDF files.

-- SunForum(TM) -- Sun's recently announced software product enables the sharing of applications as well as shared whiteboarding, file transfer and other collaboration capabilities with PC-based colleagues.

-- StarOffice and Applix -- These desktop productivity applications allow users to create, edit and print word processing, spreadsheet, graphics and HTML documents as well as read and write PC file formats on the Solaris desktop.

-- RealPC and SoftWindows 95 -- These emulation programs provide full compatibility with PC applications for users who do not require the native performance offered in the SunPCi card.

Pricing, Availability and Support

Sun will provide pricing and availability details for the SunPCi card later this year. The card will be available worldwide through Sun's direct sales force, including Sun telesales, and its indirect channels, including Sun authorized resellers and systems integrators. Sun provides comprehensive services through hardware and software support, flexible training, and expert integration, consulting and management services designed to meet customer needs. Worldwide availability of services will vary by country.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The Computer(TM)," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide Intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $9.5 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.

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