Sun is expected to introduce its next entry-level server, the Sun Fire v1280, this week at an event in San Francisco.The v1280 is part of its line of workgroup servers. It uses as many as 12 UltraSPARC III processors and carries as much as 8M bytes of\u00a0 L2 cache per processor. As much as 96G bytes of memory can be installed.The details of Sun's announcement were supplied by a reseller located in London.The Sun Fire v1280 is 12u high and can support two 36G-byte Ultra-3 SCSI disk drives, as well as externally attached storage. It contains dual Gigabit Ethernet adapters and six PCI slots for expansion, and runs Solaris 8.Four of the models that will be available are:* A v1280 with four 900-MHz processors, 8G bytes of memory, two 36G-byte drives and two Gigabit Ethernet ports, starting at $95,680.* A v1280 with eight 900-MHz processors, 16G bytes of memory, two 36G-byte hard drives and two Gigabit Ethernet ports, starting at $152,329.* A 12-processor server operating at 900 MHz with 24G bytes of RAM and two Gigabit Ethernet ports, starting at $209,143.* A 12-processor server operating at 900 MHz with 96G bytes of memory, two 36G-byte drives and dual Ethernet adapters, starting at $328,701.The Sun Fire v1280 is expected to challenge servers such as IBM's eSever p650.