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November 14, 1995

INTERCONNECT: DOLPHIN BUYS KENDALL SQUARE CORPSE

By CBR Staff Writer

Aspiring Norwegian bus specialist Dolphin Interconnect Solutions A/S has bought non-exclusive rights to designs, patents and other work of massively parallel processing systems outfit Kendall Square Research Inc, which sought Chapter 11 protection just over a year ago, Unigram reports. Dolphin says it will integrate Kendall’s Pentium Pro work with its own Scalable Coherent Interface chip to deliver on an adaptor board which it claims will be able to drive systems much bigger than anything its interconnect rival Sequent Computer Systems Inc can muster. In the first instance it says it is looking to sell assembled adaptor boards, but says it will sell the chips independently on a choosy OEM basis. The company has already won Novell Inc round to the technology, and is working with the Orem, Utah firm to deliver what Dolphin is describing as a full-up network operating system. Novell has issued a non-disclosure on the exact details, but Dolphin reckons a system will be ready by the start of 1997. Dolphin has also picked up 11 Kendall Square engineers, who will work out of a yet-to-be acquired site in Waltham, Massachusetts. First versions of the chip set are scheduled for next spring, with adaptor boards expected to go into beta test in the summer. The Oslo-headquartered Dolphin says the boards will be ready by the end of next year. Before it filed for Chapter 11 Kendall Square was developing an interface chip and suite of middleware for creating single system image machines. The idea was to tie distributed Unix, Windows NT or NetWare systems together using the hardware-software combination, shielding applications from underlying architecture. Dolphin says it bought Kendall Square for its high-level applications knowledge, paying a lot less than the millions the court was asking for the Kendall assets.

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