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Sun Microsystems Inc’s Billerica, Masachusetts-based SunSelect personal computer-to-Unix integration company in Billerica, Massachusetts has acquired the assets of Praxsys Technologies Inc, the Norwood, Massachusetts company that was formed by the team that developed Phoenix Technologies Ltd’s VPix MS-DOS-under-Unix emulation environment after Phoenix abandoned that business (CI No 1,927). Sun itself first entered the emulation market in 1987 with the Sun386i workstation, which ran both Unix and MS-DOS applications. SunSelect today markets SunPC software, a high-performance personal computer emulation package with optional hardware acceleration SBus board products that enable MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications to run on Sparc systems under Solaris operating at 80486 speed. The hottest property at Praxsys is a product code-named Snoopy, already adopted by Sun, which is designed to enable any NT or Windows application to run under Solaris on any RISC or on iAPX-86 hardware. The Praxsys team of engineers will be employed by SunSelect and will be located in Norwood.

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