Michael Craige, an Atlanta-based PC maker and computer consultant, along with Naturetech, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer, has begun to market a mobile workstation based around Sun technology that fits in a fairly standard notebook chassis.
The GenialStation comes equipped with a 500MHz UltraSparc IIe processor, which is used in some of Sun's low-end workstations; the Solaris 8 operating system; a 15-inch screen; 256MB of memory; and space for two hard drives. The machine sells for $7,825. A less expensive version with a 400MHz processor and 14-inch screen sells for $4,710. The two versions are fairly standard sized notebooks; a slimmer version will come out in March.
Sun allows other companies to license its hardware and software. Although some larger Japanese companies have made Sun machines, many licensees are small, regional U.S. manufacturers.