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PRNewswire: Sun to Acquire Dolphin Interconnect Solutions Assets and Technology [InfiniBand]...

May 31, 2000, 20:06 (0 Talkback[s])

"Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire and license the InfiniBand-related assets of Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, Inc. a leading developer of high performance computer interconnects. The closing of the transaction is subject to the usual and customary closing conditions, including Dolphin's shareholder approval. The proposed acquisition of these assets will strengthen Sun's technology portfolio -- Dolphin's development efforts should lead to increased scalability of the InfiniBand architecture, enabling higher performance and lower cost interconnects. Subject to the closing, this I/O technology, which not only enables efficient communication between computers and network attached devices, but also increases the numbers of systems that can be connected, will be applied to Sun's server and storage systems."

"InfiniBand is an interconnect or I/O architecture that connects servers with remote storage and networking devices and other servers. It can also be used inside servers for inter-processor communication. It is a channel-based switched fabric point-to-point interconnect, which provides functionality, scalability and performance for a wide range of platforms and price performance points. A steering committee comprised of Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun oversees the development of the specification. For more information see www.sysio.org."

"Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, Inc. products and technologies enable customers to build highly scaleable, enterprise-class clustering solutions with standards-based hardware and software. ... It develops and manufactures high speed and low latency networking cards, programming support tools, and services for clustering Windows NT, UNIX, Linux and NetWare servers."

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