Issue No. 01 - January (2005 vol. 38)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MC.2005.30
FirmTek Ships Serial ATA Enclosure
SeriTek/1EN2 is a compact, dual-bay external Serial ATA hard drive enclosure from FirmTek, a developer of ATA storage technologies for the Macintosh. The aluminum enclosure features two 3.5-inch, hot-swappable drive bays that support independent data channels and transfer rates up to 150 Mbytes/sec or 1.5 Gbits/sec per drive.
The SeriTek/1EN2 is compatible with all Power PC and Windows computers with shielded Serial ATA ports. It costs $169.95; www.firmtek.com.
.com Solutions Upgrades Database Migration Tool
FmPro Migrator 2.68 Enterprise Edition for MacOS X and Windows is the latest release of .com Solutions' tool for standardizing and migrating FileMaker database procedures. The new release adds a feature for extracting repeating fields for Sybase and DB2 database table migration. Supported databases include MySQL, Oracle (8, 8i-9i, 10g), Access, SQL Server, Sybase, DB2, PostgreSQL and FrontBase.
A free demo version of FMPro Migrator is available for download from www.fmpromigtrator.com/products/fmpro_migrator. Contact the company at www.dotcomsolutionsinc.net.
XML Mapper Generates Mapping Code in XSLT
Adeptia Inc. has released version 1.0 of XML Mapper, a graphical tool for enterprise-wide data integration. A Web-based user interface allows users to graphically define data mapping rules. XML Mapper provides an easy-to-use development environment for working with XML technologies. It automatically generates mapping code in XSLT, which allows specifying complex business rules in English rather than code.
XML Mapper is available as a free download at www.adeptia.com.
Solid State Disk Implements RAID
Texas Memory Systems, a storage manufacturer, announced RamSan-120, a solid-state disk that implements redundant arrays of dual inline memory modules (DIMMs). The system works like hard disk-based RAID. Its high-availability architecture delivers more than 70,000 random I/Os per second and up to 400 megabytes per second of bandwidth. The disk's 8-gigabyte capacity can accelerate smaller databases, database logs, and e-mail queues. Applications that benefit from high-performance solid-state disks include online transaction processing, online analytical processing, modeling, and data acquisition; www.superssd.com.
Sybase Updates Mobile Application Development Tool
PocketBuilder 2.0 is the latest version of Sybase's development tool for mobile and wireless applications. New features include native support for GPS, barcode scanners, smart phone platforms, cameras, and PocketPC phones.
Sybase PocketBuilder 2.0 costs $495; www.sybase.com.
New Java Studio Creator Tool Announced
Sun Microsystems announced the latest version of its visual development environment, Sun Java Studio Creator. Available as a free upgrade, the new version now supports Mac OS X and Solaris (x86 Platform Edition). This marks the first multilanguage release of the tool, with support for Japanese and simplified Chinese.
Java Studio Creator is included with a standard Sun Developer Network subscription, which costs $99; www.sun.com/jscreator.
Wind River Releases New Workbench Version
Workbench 2.2, a new version of Wind River's Eclipse-based development suite, adds support for 2.6-series Linux kernels as well as new Freescale, Intel, and IBM chips. Workbench targets the end-to-end software development cycle for devices, from hardware bring-up to manufacturing. The cross-platform IDE supports VxWorks and Linux as well as in-house operating systems.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.windriver.com.
Biometric Security for Networked PCs
EzValidation announced EzPassport Enterprise Edition, a toolkit for adding biometric and security access features to Windows applications running on networked PCs and using AuthenTec fingerprint authentication. EzPassport offers shortcuts for integrating security to other software packages and includes plug-ins for fingerprint authentication and smart card, iris, retina, voice, and face recognition technologies.
Pricing starts at $5,000; www.ezvalidation.com.
Open Sense Solutions Unveils Linux Multiuser Desktop
The Groovix computer from Open Sense Solutions integrates Linux software and hardware in a single-unit, multiuser system that offers sound and 3D graphics to up to three users. Groovix systems use the company's simultaneous local independent multiuser (SLIM) technology to support independent keyboards, mice, monitors, and speakers for up to three users simultaneously. File sharing, Internet sharing, head-to-head gaming, and other applications are all possible with just one machine.
The GV3 three-user system costs $999, and the GV2 costs $799; www.groovix.com.
Design Environment Upgraded for Axcelerator FPGAs
Actel upgraded the Libero IDE for its single-chip Axcelerator FPGAs. The Actel Libero IDE is available in three editions: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. The Platinum version sells for $2,495, the Gold version sells for $595, and the Silver version is available at no cost; www.actel.com.
Sleepycat Software Upgrades Native XML Database
Version 2.0 of Berkeley DB XML is a major new release of Sleepycat Software's open source, native XML database. New features include support for XQuery 1.0, the emerging standard for XML data access, and significant performance and usability enhancements. Query performance is reportedly up to 10 times faster for multimegabyte XML documents.
Contact the company for licensing information; www.sleepycat.com.
NEC Launches Linux-Based Fault-Tolerant Server
The NEC Express5800/320Lb is a Linux-based high-availability server and operating system that delivers up to 99.999 percent continuous uptime, according to the company. The hardware dual-modular architecture is offered with a hardened version of the Linux operating system, built on the 2.4.18 Linux kernel. Any Linux application running on that kernel can run in fault-tolerant mode with no modification to the software.
The starting price for the NEC Express5800/320Lb base unit is $25,499; www.necsam.com/servers/products/.
New Parallel ATA to Serial ATA Chip
Atmel announced a new IDE Parallel ATA to Serial ATA chip, targeted at PC, network, and storage systems. The AT78C5010 chip is a SATA bridge that allows hard disk drive, PC/server motherboard, and storage subsystem manufacturers to use their current PATA electronics in a serial connectivity environment. The first generation of the SATA interface can reach speeds up to 150 Mbytes/sec.
The chip costs $3.95 for quantities of 10,000; www.atmel.com.