Cover V11, I05



New Products

Cremax Launches Soho RAID SR3000 and SR2000

Cremax USA recently announced a new Soho RAID product line. According to Cremax, the Soho RAID SR3000 and SR2000 are storage solutions offering external IDE RAID subsystems connected with Firewire or USB to expand capacity and ensure data security. The Soho RAID SR3000 plug-and-play, hot-swappable design with auto rebuilding and hard disk duplication offers transfer rates up to 50-MB/sec. The Soho RAID SR2000 offers an internal IDE RAID subsystem connected with IDE RAID interface, and its individual microprocessor hardware RAID design can increase system efficiency without overloading the CPU.

The MSRP for the Soho RAID SR3000 is $475.00, and $349.00 for the SR2000. For more information, contact: Cremax USA Corporation, 900 Via Rodeo Placentia, CA 92870; Phone: (714) 993-3735; Fax: (714) 993-3734; Internet:; WWW:

spyn Releases up.time 1.3

spyn corporation announced the latest release of its performance monitoring and management system. According to the company, up.time provides performance monitoring and reporting for mission-critical servers, system services, and third party software applications. up.time v1.3 provides access to system and application performance information through a Web browser interface that can help admins:

  • Monitor servers, services and applications
  • Analyze system capacity and utilization trending
  • Collect and archive system performance data
  • Find and fix performance problems before they occur
  • Deliver performance monitoring and reporting for Sun Solaris, Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, AIX, and Linux operating systems
  • Do workload characterization reporting for third party software applications, databases, Web servers, firewall servers, and other mission-critical applications

up.time v1.3 is available immediately, with pricing starting at $3,995. For more information, contact: spyn, 202-675 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 1M9; Phone: (416) 868-0152; Fax: (416) 868-4867; Internet:; WWW:

Rabbit Semiconductor Announces Rabbit 3000 Microprocessor

Rabbit Semiconductor recently announced the Rabbit 3000 microprocessor, a low-EMI 8-bit processor designed specifically for embedded control, communications, and Ethernet connectivity. According to the company, the Rabbit 3000's low-EMI features can help designers eliminate EMI problems that frequently derail tight development schedules. The Rabbit 3000 runs at up to 54 MHz, and is C-friendly, with compact code and direct software support for 1 MB of code/data space. Rabbit 3000 development tools include support for Internet and network connectivity, with full source code for TCP/IP provided royalty free.

The Rabbit 3000 operates at 3.3 V (with 5 V tolerant I/O) and has 6 serial ports with IrDA, 56+ digital I/O, a quadrature decoder, PWM outputs, and pulse capture and measurement capabilities, a battery-backable real-time clock, glueless interfacing, and ultra-low power modes.

Rabbit 3000 processors are priced from $8-9 in quantity. The Rabbit 3000 Development Kit is priced at $299. For more information, contact: Rabbit Semiconductor, 2932 Spafford Street, Davis, CA 95616; Phone: (530) 757-8400; Fax: (530) 757-8402; Internet:; WWW:

The TOLIS Group Releases BRU-Pro 2.0

The TOLIS Group, Inc. recently announced BRU-Pro 2.0. According to the company, BRU-Pro 2.0 runs on a Linux box and provides backup and data recovery services on medium to large heterogeneous network systems. In addition to storing archive catalogs on the server disk, BRU-Pro 2.0 also writes the catalogs and indexes to tape along with each archive. Additional key features of BRU-Pro 2.0 include: encrypted data streams from the client to the server, client-side data compression, NFS/SMB mounts to backup NAS boxes on the network, QFA (Quick File Access), native SCSI library support (no costly add-ins), and the ability to back up multiple clients to multiple tape destinations simultaneously for optimized throughput.

The tape format of BRU-Pro 2.0 allows verification that audits the first bit of data taken off a client system to the last bit written to tape, which helps assure the accuracy of the backup. Should a tape be damaged following a backup, BRU-Pro 2.0 error detection and recovery schemes help the maximum amount of data to be recovered. BRU-Pro 2.0 is priced at $999 and ships with three client licenses. Additional clients are priced on a sliding volume scale.

For more information, contact: The TOLIS Group, Inc., 9495 East San Salvador Dr., Suite 250, Scottsdale, AZ 85258; Phone: (480) 505-0488; Fax: (801) 327-6177; Internet:; WWW:

Web Crossing v4.1 Released

Web Crossing, Inc. announced the availability of Web Crossing version 4.1. According to the company, improved caching as well as other new features have been added. New email rules allow end-users to filter incoming messages, use a "permitted correspondents" list to block unwanted senders, and reject messages. For administrators, v4.1 includes new URL redirection support and new URL filename shortcuts, allowing users to serve multi-domain Web Crossing installations without additional Web servers. Sysops can now check user subscription changes immediately after making them. Spell checking is now automatically used with the moderated word-checking feature.

Visit for a complete list of new features, or contact: Web Crossing, Inc., 2 Embarcadero Center, Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94111; Phone: (415) 771-7099; Fax: (415) 771-7005 Internet:; WWW:

ArcSight Releases ArcSight 1.0

ArcSight recently launched ArcSight 1.0, which, according to the company, is a framework for security monitoring, correlation, investigation, resolution, and reporting. ArcSight 1.0 provides real-time information cross-correlated between devices to detect threats and attacks. It integrates into existing data security environments and can improve security results while also reducing costs.

For more information, contact: ArcSight, 1309 South Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087; Phone: (408) 328-5500; Fax: (408) 749-8760; Internet:; WWW:

The OpenCores Organization Announces PCI Bridge

The OpenCores Organization recently announced the release of the PCI Bridge Soft Core. According to the organization, the PCI Bridge is an open-source, free, complete 33/66MHz 32-bit solution that provides bridging between the PCI and a WISHBONE (System-on-Chip) bus. The complete package includes comprehensive specification and design documentation, a comprehensive verification suite, and a test application.

The test application is a "VGA card" implemented using a Xilinx Spartan II device on a PCI development board from Insight Electronics. The PCI bridge core is connected to a simple VGA controller core forming a system-on-chip and comes with a Linux frame buffer device driver. The PCI Bridge Soft Core supports common ASIC and FPGA libraries and is highly configurable including options for Master/Target or Target-only, as well as for Host or Guest operation.

For more information, or to download the PCI Bridge Soft Core solution, visit:

Western Scientific Announces SuperCluster

Western Scientific recently announced its 1U 6-processor rack server, the SuperCluster. The new system, according to the company, will now take 60% less space when compared to existing units and still perform the same function. On-board storage of up to 220 GB and 4.5 GB of RAM per node is available, as are SCSI and IDE configurations. The SuperCluster uses Intel Pentium III processors, and up to 4.5-GB SDRAM. Units are also configurable with up to three SCSI or IDE drives.

For more information, contact: Western Scientific, 9445 Farnham Street, San Diego, CA 92123; Phone: (858) 565-6699; WWW:

Perl Dev Kit 4.0 Shipping

ActiveState announced the release of the Perl Dev Kit (PDK) 4.0, which adds support for the Microsoft .NET Framework, Win 9x, and HP-UX. According to the company, existing Perl scripts can be turned into .NET components and used seamlessly in .NET Framework applications.

Perl Dev Kit's key new features include:

  • PerlApp -- Turns Perl programs into ready-to-run executables, which can now be built on Win 9x and HP-UX in addition to Linux and Solaris
  • PerlCtrl -- Create ActiveX controls written in Perl, which can now be built on Win 9x
  • PerlNET -- Use existing .NET objects from Perl, create new .NET components in Perl, and inherit from and extend components written in other languages with Perl code

The Perl Dev Kit is $195. Existing customers can upgrade for $79.95. Educational, volume, and enterprise licenses are also available. Additional details, free trial licenses, and downloads are at and

For more information, contact: ActiveState Corporation, 580 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1W6, Canada; Phone: (604) 484-6400; WWW:

CodeWeavers Announces CrossOver Plugin Version 1.1

CodeWeavers, Inc., a Windows-to-Linux software developer, announced CrossOver Plugin Version 1.1, the newest version of the company's Windows-To-Linux adapter for Windows browser plugins and email viewers. According to the company, CrossOver Plugin 1.1 provides new support for multi-user environments, enabling rollout to thousands of desktops without reconfiguration. CrossOver Plugin allows users to access popular Windows files and plug-ins in Linux Web browsers and email clients. Along with the ability to open MS Office documents (Word/Excel/PowerPoint) and eFax files in any KDE or GNOME application, CrossOver Plugin 1.1 now supports Windows Media Player streams opened in a Linux Web browser. Also new to CrossOver Plugin 1.1 is acceptance for all TrueType fonts as well as: RealPlayer files; the iPIX plugin; Macromedia Authorware; Trillian, a convergent instant messaging plugin that supports AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo Messenger; and Chime, a scientific plugin used in the chemical industry as well as many colleges and universities.

CrossOver Plugin interfaces between the Windows application and Wine, allowing the application to run correctly in Linux. The software supports most Linux browsers including Netscape, Mozilla, Konqueror, Opera, SkipStone, and Galeon. CrossOver Plugin 1.1 is available for $24.95 via download from the CodeWeavers' Web site and a CD version, priced at $34.95, is also available. CodeWeavers also offers SDKs for CrossOver Plugin 1.1 as well as licensing agreements that authorize use of the software in embedded applications.

For more information, contact: CodeWeavers, Inc., 2550 University Ave. West, Suite 439S, St. Paul, MN 55114; Phone: (651) 523-9300; Fax: (651) 523-9399; WWW: