Visitors to the combined Interact and PCIT 98 at Melbourne's Exhibition Centre this week will be treated to some Australian "first time releases".
But for those astute observers in the IT channel, the opportunity to check for product trends will be the key.
With Intel's servers division cranking up the heat, the new Xeon-based servers can expect to attract plenty of attention. One of the hottest products to be demonstrated will be what is believed to be the first quad Xeon server built in Australia. The Sitka Cabrillo super-server, built by Intel premier partner Source Technology, will support up to 4GB of EDO system memory, and features hot swappable redundant power supply as well as 6 hot swappable LVD SCSI RAID hard drive bays. It is based on the SC 450 NX motherboard and four xeon processors.
The other star at the Source stand will be the new Marlin Spike dual Xeon processor server. Source Technology can be seen on stand 625.
On the other side of the great CPU divide, another vendor, Rise technology, is joining the ranks of the Socket 7 brigade, unveiling its mP6 processor. According to Danny Wang, marketing manager for Australian distributor QD Innovative Computer, the processor represents a cheap, low power consuming alternative to other Socket 7s, while incorporating soft DVD support.