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Sun acquires technology for high-speed connections

Sun Microsystems agrees to acquire part of Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, which offers technology that will be used in high-end servers and storage devices.

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Sun Microsystems has agreed to acquire part of Dolphin Interconnect Solutions, which offers technology that will be used in high-end Sun servers and storage devices.

Sun will acquire personnel and intellectual property relating to InfiniBand, a technology being developed by Sun, Intel, Compaq, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Microsoft and others.

InfiniBand, expected to debut in late 2001 when Intel releases a high-performance chip code-named "McKinley," will allow high-speed connections between several servers and storage devices.

Sun will incorporate the Dolphin technology in its own servers and storage hardware, Sun said. The Dolphin work will allow InfiniBand to achieve higher performance.

Several Dolphin employees in Oslo, Norway, will become Sun employees, Sun said in a statement. The company develops high-speed networking cards, software and services for joining groups of servers.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.