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We need to develop Windows CE both as a platform and as a set of components,” said Veghte.

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We need to develop Windows CE both as a platform and as a set of components,” said Veghte.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — nBand Communications Inc., a developer of processors for wireless broadband applications, here has announced it has raised $14 million in second round funding.

The investors in the company include VantagePoint Venture Partners, Axis Communications, Sunrise Capital Fund, and others.

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nBand Communications, which was started by former executives of Apple, Sun, and other companies, is developing a line of programmable communications processors for wireless broadband applications, such as wireless LANs, fixed broadband wireless access equipment and cellular base stations.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Sun Microsystems Inc. is expected to unveil its long-delayed UltraSparc III microprocessor in the next few weeks, setting the stage for a showdown with Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Itanium MPU, which is being prepared for launch later this year.

Sun has been clandestine about UltraSparc III, its first processor core in five years. The RISC processor will be fabricated by Texas Instruments Inc. for Sun using a 0.18-micron processes. The processor is expected to run at 750 MHz, about the same clock speed as predicted for Intel's pilot launch of Itanium.

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Industry interest in UltraSparc III is centered on how it will help Sun workstations and servers in the enterprise computing market, since the bulk of the processors are used by Sun in its own systems. The Mountain View company has also been pushing to build a merchant-market customer base for Sparc, and has established a foothold in some high-end communication switches, said Peter Glaskowsky, an analyst at MicroDesign Resources Inc. in Sunnyvale,Calif. Cable-TV set-top-box maker Scientific Atlanta Inc. also uses Sparc processors in its digital interactive set-top boxes.

The performance of the UltraSparc III will largely determine how successful Intel is in using its Itanium to penetrate the 64-bit workstation and server markets Sun now dominates. Even with its aging UltraSparc II processor and speed grades greatly exceeded by 32-bit MPUs from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Sun has owned the high-end computing segment. The company reported a record $1.72 billion in earnings for the fiscal year ended May 31, up 49% from the prior year on sales of $15.7 billion, up 33% from fiscal 1999.

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While Sun would not comment, the UltraSparc III is said to have a 9.6-Gigabyte/s data rate and a RISC core that's been extended with graphics instructions to process parallel 2-D and 3-D image-compression algorithms. It is also expected to feature a memory subsystem and bus architecture that will allow servers to link more than 1,000 processors.

In the face of the looming battle with Itanium, Sun's UltraSparc III has two advantages that extend beyond performance claims: backward compatibility with existing Sun Solaris software, and its predecessor catering to a massive base of installed 64-bit applications. In contrast, Itanium represents Intel's initial foray into the 64-bit enterprise computer market and will require software developers to write a credible base of new program applications.

Sanmina Corp. 2700 N. First St.San Jose, Calif. 95134(408) 964-3500www.sanmina.comSales contact: Sales department

Tyco Electronics/AMP Inc. 449 Eisenhower Blvd.Harrisburg, Pa. 17105(800) 522-6752www.amp.comSales contact: Product information center, (800) 522-6752

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American KSS Inc. 3295 Scott Blvd., #100Santa Clara, Calif. 95054(408) 986-9577www.kss.comSales contact: Wayne DeBord, vice president of sales

Epson Electronics America Inc. 1960 E. Grand Ave., 2nd floorEl Segundo, Calif. 90245(310) 955-5300www.epson.comSales contact: Ken Nagai

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