INTEL AND SUN TO ANNOUNCE BROAD TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE New York, NY -- As Reuters reported, Intel Corp and Sun Microsystems Inc are expected to announce a broad technology alliance anchored on Intel's forthcoming Merced microprocessor chip, the Wall Street Journal reported. The agreement calls for a patent cross-licensing that will allow the two companies to share semiconductor, computer-system and software technologies, the newspaper said, quoting people familiar with the matter. It said Sun is also expected to adapt its version of the Unix operating system, called Solaris, to run on Intel's Merced chip. Intel expects to begin shipping Merced in 1999. The chip is targeted for use in high-end workstations and server computers that are Sun's primary business. It is based on a new computing architecture, jointly designed by Intel and HewlettPackard Co that is designed to move Intel-based computers into the highest reals of computing performance. NEC AND LUCENT SIGN LICENSING AGREEMENT Santa Clara, CA -- Lucent Technologies' Microelectronics Group and NEC Corporation announced that Lucent has licensed NEC's 32-bit V850 microcontroller family core. Lucent will integrate the core into its 0.25- and 0.35-micron Silicon Suite system-level IC offerings, enabling customers to design sophisticated, system-level integrated circuits based on NEC's 32-bit RISC microcontroller architecture. "Customers requiring the low-power, high-speed capabilities of the V850 family now have another outstanding option for ASIC development and expanded access to one of the industry's most advanced 32-bit RISC microcontroller architectures," said David Lamar, senior product marketing manager, microcontrollers, for NEC Electronics Inc. "We look forward to working closely with Lucent on this and future core optimizations." NEC also offers the V850 family and peripherals as a macro in its 0.35-micron CB-C9 standard cell library. SEAGATE AND COMPAQ SIGN DVPT AGREEMENT Maidenhead, UK -- Seagate Software, the provider of storage management, network management and business intelligence solutions for Microsoft Windows NT Server and Windows NT Workstation, announced a storage management development agreement with Compaq Computer Corporation, the server vendor and the world's second largest supplier of multi-user storage systems. The new alliance calls for the coordinated development, marketing and delivery of enterprise storage management technology. The focus of the agreement is to provide substantial new benefits to Seagate Software's and Compaq's mutual customers. Joint engineering efforts will enable the companies to provide customers with stable, finely tuned systems that meet performance, reliability, and quality standards that customers have come to expect. In addition, the companies will provide thorough integration testing of hardware and software to ensure immediate and reliable operation of the solution. CISCO & HP DELIVER SECURE WEB TRANSACTION SOLUTION Palo Alto, CA -- Cisco Systems, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Company introduced a Secure Web Transaction Solution (SWTS), which is designed to increase online business security. HP and Cisco's SWTS is a combination of Internet applications, a strong firewall for network protocols and a high-performance network infrastructure. It helps customers to conduct critical business processes, such as electronic commerce (e-commerce), financial services and supply-chain management, securely over the Internet while impeding intruders from gaining access to restricted data. As Cisco's Global Authorized Support provider and Professional Services Provider, HP enables customers to realize the full benefits of the SWTS solution, ensuring that business needs match the technology infrastructure. Worldwide SWTS services feature upfront planning and design, implementation, and ongoing support and maintenance. SIEMENS NIXDORF AND INTERSOLV ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT Rockville, MD -- INTERSOLV, Inc. announced an agreement with Siemens Nixdorf, the largest European supplier of information technology, to implement INTERSOLV DataDirect's integrated, standards-based data connectivity middleware technology. Utilizing DataDirect's SequeLink server middleware platform for maximum flexibility, Siemens Nixdorf will have assured data access to critical business data across multiple standards, platforms and databases. Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG chose to standardize its enterprise middleware needs on DataDirect SequeLink technology. Employing DataDirect SequeLink ODBC Edition for ODBC connectivity and DataDirect SequeLink Java Edition for JDBC connectivity, Siemens Nixdorf will benefit from a single, universal, thin-client architecture with a common middleware server implementation for high-performance, n-tier data access. AMD TO PURCHASE CADENCE TOOLS San Jose, CA -- Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that its place and route software, and other EDA tools optimized for deep-submicron IC design, have been purchased by AMD for digital and mixed-signal design. AMD has entered into a multi-million-dollar contract with Cadence for software and services. "It's great to be working with a design, process, and manufacturing pioneer like AMD," said Jack Harding, president and CEO of Cadence. "I look forward to a long business and technology partnership with them as we advance the state of the art in deep-submicron chip architecture and production." BEA ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH AUSTRALIA'S MINCOM High Wycombe, UK -- BEA Systems, Inc., announced that Australia's largest software company, Mincom, has signed a two-year partnership agreement to embed BEA TUXEDO into its Mincom Information Management System (MIMS) Open Enterprise architecture. Under this agreement, Mincom joins the "Built on BEA" programme, which provides technology and marketing support to enable Mincom to deliver open middleware-enabled client/server applications successfully. "During the past year BEA has been working with Mincom to help deliver a superior application infrastructure to their customers," said Ed Scott, executive vice president of worldwide field operations for BEA. "This announcement highlights the success of the past year and represents our continued commitment to providing the best middleware solutions available. MIMS Open Enterprise is Mincom's first major step toward its delivery of their vision for the future -Encorporate Enterprise Strategy. BEA now has 45 application companies that are "Built on BEA" partners, which embed or enable our middleware into their products." DATA GENERAL SIGNS DEAL WITH FLORIDA SOFTWARE CO Westboro, MA -- As Dow Jones reported, Data General Corp. signed an independent software vendor agreement with APT of America Inc., a Naples, Fla., software firm. The deal calls for APT's G7-migration system to be available with Data General's AViiON server platform. Data General also will provide migration services to simplify the move from legacy to open systems. In a press release, Data General said the companies will conduct feasability studies and client demonstrations at APT's headquarters. APT's G7-migration system lets businesses move legacy applications and data to Unix and Windows NT client/server operating environments. APT of America specializes in the automated migration of legacy systems to client/server environments. SDS TO PURCHASE CNT'S VISION PRODUCT LINE Minneapolis, MN -- Computer Network Technology (CNT) announced it has reached an agreement with Software Diversified Services (SDS), Minneapolis, Minn., in which SDS will purchase the Vision product line for approximately $4 million. This product line is part of CNT's recent acquisition of the Internet Solutions Division of Apertus Technologies Inc. The Vision suite of mainframe-based products include systems management and performance monitoring software. Under terms of the agreement, SDS will purchase the assets and technologies associated with the Vision Product Line over a three-year period with an initial payment of $2 million paid now. Additional payments of up to $2 million will be made thereafter based on the actual revenues generated over the three-year period. The Vision product line generated revenues of approximately $2.5 million for the last 12 months. DATAMIRROR ACQUIRES SQLPUMP FROM SOFTQUEST Toronto, Ontario -- As Canadian Corp News reported, DataMirror Corporation, a developer of data transformation and replication software, announced that it has acquired all of the customers, rights and source code for the SQLPump software product from SoftQuest Corporation. SQLPump complements DataMirror's Transformation Server cross-platform enterprise data replication product suite. The combination of Transformation Server and SQLPump provides unequaled power and flexibility to users of Lotus Notes. Companies can now easily move and synchronize corporate databases and Lotus Notes database without changing their applications. SICAN JOINS QUICKTURN'S AFFINITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM San Jose, CA -- As the LA Times reported, Quickturn Design Systems, Inc. and SICAN GmbH, Hannover, Germany, jointly announced a strategic technology and marketing partnership to enable ease of design verification of SICAN's DesignObjects synthesizable soft cores with the user's design in Quickturn's emulation and cycle-based simulation products. As part of the partnership agreement, SICAN has become an Intellectual Property (IP) Partner in Quickturn's Affinity Partnership Program. The goal of this relationship is to provide cycle- and emulation-friendly IPs. The SICAN DesignObject family will be verified for use with Quickturn's simulation and emulation systems. Quickturn is working with Affinity IP Partners to enable ease of use for designers to emulate and simulate IP blocks with proper internal visibility and debug flexibility. Quickturn and SICAN are both members of the Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA) whose goal is to provide an open standard for portable IP. LSI LOGIC AND SIPCORE SIGN LICENSING AGREEMENT San Jose, CA -- SiPCore, Inc., announced that LSI Logic Corp. will license several high-performance, data conversion mixed-signal cores from SiPCore. These Cores will expand LSI Logic's existing library of more than 40-mixed-signal cores used in the design of system on a chip application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and standard products targeting computer, consumer, and communications applications. "We are pleased to work with SiPCore to enhance our extensive industry-leading portfolio of mixed-signal functions focused on data conversion, data transport, and signal processing. Demand for mixed-signal ASICs and standard products is growing rapidly and LSI Logic remains committed to supplying a complete library of high performance mixed-signal cores and related ASIC design methodologies. It is our intent to speed the development of system on a chip ASICs and help our customers get their products to market faster," said Greer Person, manager, Mixed-Signal Products Marketing for LSI Logic. CISCO AND MICROMUSE SIGN DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT San Diego, CA -- Micromuse, Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc. announced that they have signed an agreement to work together to provide solutions enabling the rapid deployment of service-level management technology in ATM switched networks. The technology is based on Micromuse's Netcool service-level management application. Under the agreement, Cisco will OEM the Netcool/OMNIbus service-level management system. The agreement also calls for joint development of Netcool enhancements, including tighter integration with Cisco's network management products and the creation of predefined Netcool rules that will enable out-of-the-box consolidation and rapid processing of high volumes of management data. As a result, Cisco customers will realise the benefits of highly configurable ATM service views and customer resource reporting, with little or no configuration effort. GIGALABS JOINS STORAGE NETWORKING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION Sunnyvale, CA -- GigaLabs, Inc., a provider of high-performance I/O Switching technology, announced their founding membership in a new trade organization, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). The SNIA is a consortium of storage, networking, and operating system companies working with the IS and Integration community to cooperatively achieve standards and interoperability across networked storage systems. "Storage networking is an integral part of high speed networking, and maximizes the total throughput of an enterprise system network," said Kon Leong, president of GigaLabs. "The rapid formation and widespread support of the SNIA confirms this issue's urgency and the combined vendor commitment to providing solutions to the end user." VERITAS & UNIQ SIGN STRATEGIC DVPT & MARKETING AGREEMENT Mountain View, CA -- Today, VERITAS Software, a provider of end-to-end storage management software, and Uniq Professional Services, announce a development and marketing agreement to deliver data replication technologies to Solaris customers. The technology will provide Solaris customers with extended high availability capabilities that deliver data distribution and disaster recovery for enterprise environments over local or wide area networks. "This joint development agreement will bring enterprise customers a solid technology base for disaster recovery," said Simon Woodhead, Managing Director of Uniq Professional Services. "Our replication technology has been available for two years, and is a proven, robust enterprise solution. When combined with VERITAS industry leading cluster products, it provides a compelling availability solution not readily available in today's market." HP AND STAC ANNOUNCE STORAGE ALLIANCE Palo Alto, CA -- Hewlett-Packard Company and Stac, Inc. announced a strategic data-protection alliance. The agreement provides for the development and marketing of data-protection solutions employing Stac's information-recovery software, Replica, and HP's tape storage devices. This combination of technologies is designed to enable both companies to satisfy the increasing need for data-protection solutions that truly meet users' needs. "We are pleased to collaborate with the storage industry leader," said John Ticer, president and chief operating officer of Stac. "Our complementary capabilities in the data-storage and data-protection markets make this a logical move. Customers will now benefit from the proven expertise of both companies and from our shared commitment to providing leading-edge hardware and software and to increasing the adoption of data protection as a core user strategy." THINKING MACHINES PARTNERS WITH CENTER FOR DATA INSIGHT Burlington, MA -- Thinking Machines Corp., a provider of advanced data mining solutions for the financial services, telecommunications and data marketing industries, today announced its partnership in the newly opened Center for Data Insight (CDI) at Northern Arizona University. CDI is the first academic facility designed to help companies test and develop data mining technologies. It is a partnership of KPMG Consulting, the consulting arm of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP; Retrograde Data-Systems; Northern Arizona University; and 14 data analysis vendors. "CDI creates a low-risk environment for testing leading-edge data mining technologies such as Darwin," said Charles Berger, director of marketing at Thinking Machines. "This will give companies a chance to see Darwin in action, building predictive models from large, complex customer databases - an area where Darwin shines. By using multiple algorithms, Darwin increases the effectiveness of knowledge discovery." --- This file compiled by Steve Fisher, HPCwire managing editor.