Now here's a thing I never thought I would see... a laptop from Sun Microsystems! The company has unveiled its first mobile computer, the Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation. The machine utilises Sun's Sparc microprocessor, and will allow users to run a range of Sun products on the move.

All the performance and power expected is present, with the Sun Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation available with a range of 64-Bit UltraSPARC processors, graphics options, 802.11b wireless networking, 15-and 17in. SXGA+ TFT LCD displays, Integrated Gigabit (10/100/1000Base-T) Ethernet and of course the Solaris 10 Operating Environment. The laptop is offered with either a 550MHz or 650MHz UltraSPARC IIi processor or 1.28GHz UltraSPARC IIIi processor and can take up to 2GB of RAM.

Chief Executive Officer Scott McNealy, who has seen sales drop for almost four years, is entering a laptop computer market that's growing three times faster than desktop personal computers. Sun's laptops are powerful enough for engineers to perform technical work while on the road, said John Fowler, Sun's executive vice president of network systems.