Sun Microsystems has teamed up with Pacific Gas and Electric to add an energy rebate for companies that replace existing servers with Sun's eco-responsible servers. Participants in the Non-Residential Retrofit program can receive a cash savings between $700 and $1,000 per server, or up to 35 percent of the cost when combined with Sun's Upgrade Advantage program. Sun representatives note this is the first time a public utility has offered a rebate for server upgrades.
The program is part of Sun's year-long emphasis on eco-friendly, low-power-consuming products. In early 2006, Sun began delivering the Sun Fire servers featuring CoolThreads technology. The servers are designed to reduce energy consumption by 33 percent. The servers are also a third smaller than their predecessors.
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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