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Axil Computer Inc is bailing out of Sparc and moving to WinTel – for good measure its also relocating its Silicon Valley headquarters in Santa Clara to Boston. The six-year-old Sparc- compatible venture of Hyundai Electronics America will shed its Sparc server business initially, but the Sparc workstations surely won’t be far behind. It’s tougher and tougher to find a niche in the Sun [Microsystems Inc-compatible] market; there’s not much room there, said VP marketing Bob Nilsson. Axil has in any case been making a big play for Windows NT with its eight-way Northbridge NX 801 system. By the middle of next year Axil expects NT to be generating more than half of its revenue; it’s got Wolfpack clustering coming down in the fall and a further turn of Northbridge due early next year with Intel Corp’s next offerings. An unknown number of staff is being shed as a result of its getting rid of its Sparc server business; it’s left with 120. They’ll be split between California where the Sparc workstation manufacturing, sales and support will continue, and Boston, where all of the NT server development is carried out.

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