Sun Microsystems has built its first workstation based on AMD's Opteron processor, and enterprise software buyers can have on for free.
Sun will begin selling the workstation next week as part of a promotional program designed to entice Java developers to use Sun's Java Studio Enterprise software.
"If you're a developer and you sign up for our development tools and our subscriptions, we'll actually include one of our workstations free with the promotion," said John Fowler, executive vice-president of Sun's Network Systems Group.
Developers who sign up for a three-year subscription to Java Studio Enterprise software under the Metropolis programme will receive a single-processor version the w1100z.
The workstation will be available in single and dual-processor configurations, is capable of supporting as much as 8Gbytes of memory and will be generally available to Sun customers in July, Fowler said.
The Metropolis programme will be similar to Sun's existing Java Enterprise Developer Promotion, which offers developers a Sun Fire v20z server when they sign up for a three year subscription to Java Studio Enterprise.
Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service