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Sun Microsystems Recognizes Top Suppliers in 2006 Awards Program


Seagate Technology Named Sun ’Supplier of the Year;’ 17 Others Awarded for Delivering Superior Quality and Value

SANTA CLARA, CALIF. October 16, 2006 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW), global technology leader and creator of the Solaris Operating System, today announced the winners of its 16th annual Supplier Awards, which honor those companies that have delivered superior quality and value to Sun’s customers. Suppliers are judged on their performance in the areas of cost, quality, lead-time and delivery, and strategic and technical development.

Based on these criteria, Sun awards suppliers for Best-in-Class and Meritorious Performance, and also names one Supplier of the Year. The Best-in-Class Award compares the performance of all suppliers who deliver a similar product or service and recognizes the highest performer in that area, while the Meritorious Performance Award recognizes suppliers who have gone the extra mile in one or more performance areas. The Supplier of the Year is selected for its extraordinary contribution to Sun’s record of delivering top-quality technology and service to its customers.

Seagate Technology received this year’s Supplier of the Year Award for its outstanding support in delivering industry-leading hard disk drives at a very competitive cost. In addition to Seagate Technology, Sun recognized 17 other suppliers in the 2006 awards program.

The 2006 Best-in-Class (Commodity Class) Award winners are:

* DHL Logistics (Service Logistics)
* DSV Frans Maas (Worldwide Customer Fulfillment)
* General Dynamics Information Technology (On-site Services)
* Qimonda AG (Memory - DRAM)
* Solectron Corporation (PCBA)
* Texas Instruments, Inc. (Custom & Standard Silicon)

The 2006 Meritorious Performance Award winners are:

* Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
* Cherokee International Corporation
* DecisionOne
* Hitachi Global Storage Technologies
* LSI Logic, Inc.
* MiTAC International Corporation and SYNNEX Corporation (joint award)
* NEC Display Solutions, Ltd.
* Power-One, Inc.
* Quanta Computer, Inc.
* Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Sun Executives Applaud Supplier Commitment

“Every year, Sun Microsystems recognizes the ’best of the best’ suppliers for their contributions to outstanding product quality and customer value,” said Eugene McCabe, executive vice president of Worldwide Operations at Sun. “Each of these companies helped Sun exceed our customers’ expectations, and we congratulate them on their achievements.”

Kurt Doelling, vice president of Supply Management at Sun, added, “The high level of innovation and commitment from these suppliers helped us to exceed our demanding performance and production goals. It is through their efforts that Sun can deliver the network computing technologies and fuel the communities that power the Participation Age.”
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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