Sun Microsystems' software unit and Fujitsu will announce tomorrow that they are working together on future versions Sun's Solaris operating system, a spokesperson has confirmed.
The joint work will include continued development of the current 32-bit Solaris, as well as a future 64-bit version of Solaris that will run on Intel's IA-64 microprocessor, code-named Merced, which it is developing with Hewlett-Packard.
Last December, Sun announced that it will port the Unix-based Solaris OS to the Merced chip, which is expected to ship sometime next year. The chip combines elements of both CISC and RISC architectures will be able to run both Windows and Unix applications, according to Intel.
The Fujitsu official did not disclose details of this week's announcement. Officials attending the Tokyo event will include Janpieter Scheerder, president of SunSoft; Junji Maeyama, president of Fujitsu's software group; and officials from Intel's Japan unit, the spokesperson said. The companies also plan a US event on Thursday.
The collaboration extends an already long relationship between Sun and Fujitsu. Fujitsu is both a major manufacturer of Sun's Sparc RISC microprocessors and seller of Sun workstations and servers. The two companies jointly developed the first Japanese version of Solaris.
Fujitsu is expanding its server and systems integration business outside of Japan. In the US for instance, Fujitsu is gearing up its wholly-owned subsidiary Amdahl Corp. to sell Sparc products that will likely be marketed in the US under Fujitsu's TeamServer brand name, the official said.