Sun is to announce a new network computer this quarter, known as Krupps, to take advantage of developments in the Java operating system and tools.
One of the main features of the new models is that they are convection cooled, thereby removing the last moving part, the fan. A Sun spokesman said this meant the models would have a very long no-maintenance period. Sun is intending these models to be used for production systems, rather than just for pilot and development projects.
There will be two main configurations. The higher end Javastation will cost under #800 and will be built on a larger tower design. A #600 slim tower version will be similar to existing models but also run the latest Java software.
Both models are based on a 100MHz Microsparc II processor, supporting 10/100Mbps Ethernet and 64mbytes of memory. They will include flash memory for the first time, to enable boot sequences to complete faster. This is because the OS can be held in the memory rather than downloaded from the server each time. Applications can also be stored in Javastations with larger amounts of flash - despite the claims of NC pioneers that nothing would be held locally.
Sun has hinted that the various improvements are designed to make these Javastations run significantly faster than current models, which have encountered criticism of slowness.
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