Industry Watch

Intel debuts new chip

Intel Corp. this week will debut its Tillamook Pentium chip designed for portable machines and IBM Corp. and the NEC Computer Systems Division will be among the vendors backing the new microprocessor.

IBM will announce the ThinkPad 770 notebook line running 200 MHz and 233 MHz Pentium with MMX technology chips. Such resellers as Comark Federal Systems and Sysorex Information Systems Inc. offer IBM's ThinkPad products in the federal market. Comark recently added IBM's ThinkPad 560 to its notebook pact with the Census Bureau. The notebook is equipped with a 133 MHz Pentium chip 16M of RAM a 2.1G hard drive an 11.3-inch color display Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 and Lotus Development Corp.'s SmartSuite. The unit is priced at $2 372.

NEC meanwhile will unveil its Versa 6220 and 6230 notebooks which run the Tillamook 200 MHz and 233 MHz Pentium with MMX chips respectively. A company spokeswoman said the products will be added shortly to the company's General Services Administration schedule. She said the products' GSA pricing will run from $4 050 to $5 450.

CRYPTOCard taps GTSI as reseller

CRYPTOCard announced last week that it has selected Government Technology Services Inc. as its primary federal reseller. The company said the move is intended to meet the demand for its authentication tokens in the wake of increased government spending on firewalls and remote-access servers.

GTSI will be selling the Canadian company's RB-1 authentication tokens which are portable cards the size of credit cards that generate a password on a one-time basis each time they are used.

Logicon adds I-CASE vendors products

Logicon Inc. last week said it has added new vendors and products to its Integrated Computer-Aided Software Engineering pact. The new vendors include Informix Software Inc. Computer Associates International Inc. Datametrics InfoTel New Dimensions Software and MB Solutions. The company also added Netscape Communications Corp.'s Internet server products. Logicon previously had offered Netscape's Navigator browser.Infodata signs resellers

Infodata Systems Inc. Fairfax Va. has signed agreement with BTG Inc. and GE Capital Information Technology Solutions' Federal Systems unit to resell its Virtual File Cabinet document management software to the federal government. Virtual File Cabinet is an intranet-based application that allows users to create and share documents over the World Wide Web.

Netscape meets new NIST spec

Netscape Communications Corp. announced last week that it has become the first Web-based vendor to have had its products validated under a new governmentwide standard that went into effect in June.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has certified that the company's security module - used for secure e-mail certificate management and password management and found in various Netscape products including its browser software - meets the federal standard for cryptographic modules. These modules are used for data encryption user authentication digital signatures key management and other services.

Raptor debuts access-control product

Raptor Systems Inc. long-known by federal users for its Eagle family of firewalls has expanded its product line and marketing agreements beyond firewalls.

Raptor announced last week a new access-control product called Axcess that is now available for Unix and will be shipping for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT next month. It is designed to provide secure centralized and selected access to distributed Web-based information on intranets.

GMR pursues desktop Y2K fix

Government Micro Resources Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with Millennium PC Services to offer products and services to make PC and server hardware and software applications Year 2000-compliant.

GMR Manassas Va. and Millennium PC Services Fairfax Va. are offering Millennium Applications Inventory Developer (MAID) which analyzes hardware and software reports where date compliance will be required and assists in developing a conversion plan.

GMR expects that MAID will be available through the General Services Administration schedule and other contracts.

Y2K vendors agree to acquisition

Data Dimensions Inc. last month signed a letter of intent to acquire Pyramid Information Services Inc. Both vendors target the Year 2000 field.Data Dimensions Bellevue Wash. offers Year 2000-conversion services to government and commercial customers. Pyramid Los Angeles Calif. offers an off-site testing facility where clients can ensure their converted data is Year 2000-compliant. Data Dimensions cited this testing capability as one benefit of the acquisition.

Air Force Lockheed Martin tap Unify

Unify Corp. recently announced that the Air Force and Lockheed Martin Corp. have chosen the company's VISION/Web client/server development environment for use on a command and control systems project.

The tool will be used in the development of the Air Force's Theater Battle Management Core Systems. Unify's business under TBMCS is valued at $2.8 million.

-- Compiled by Heather Harreld John Moore and Elana Varon.

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