Sun to increase R&D spend by 10% in 2004

Sun's hardware sector will increase its research and development spending by 10% to £1.2bn over the next 12 months Sun's...

Sun's hardware sector will increase its research and development spending by 10% to £1.2bn over the next 12 months Sun's executive vice-president of global sales operations, Robert Youngjohns, told delegates.

Dave Shearer, chairman of the UK Sun User Group, welcomed the announcement. "This shows there is a long-term commitment to their technology and that they are prepared to put their money where [chief executive Scott] McNealy's mouth is," he said.

"Our members will see this as proof that Sun is still a good bet," he added.

Sun also introduced several products in Berlin, including the first server launch since its partnership with processor firm AMD was set up last month.

The Sunfire B100x is a single processor, x86 blade server which uses AMD's mobile Athlon XP 1800 processor.

The company unveiled its Sunfire V65x and V60x systems, which employ 3.2GHz Xeon processors, aimed at financial services and manufacturing organisations. It also launched its Netra 240 and Netra CT820 servers, the telecoms market.

Sun and Macromedia have agreed to integrate Macromedia Flash 7 with the Java desktop system.

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