Austin, Texas--June 25, 1997--ROSS Technology Inc. (Austin, Texas) announced it has entered into a development agreement with Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo) related to its 64-bit SPARC microprocessor effort, code named "Viper." Under the terms of the agreement, Fujitsuprovides $34.5 million in non-recurring engineering funding and the companies will jointly own or exchange certain intellectual property. The agreement is in place through April 1999, and includes a tape-out target date of March 31, 1998 for the "Viper" microprocessor design.
According to company officials, ROSS in 1995 embarked on a two-pronged market strategy to fulfill end-user requirements for higher-performing 32-bit SPARC microprocessors using legacy applications on either Solaris or SunOS operating systems, both by offering upgrade kits for SPARCstation 5, 10, and 20 systems and by producing its own line of 32-bit workstations and servers; and to introduce a 64-bit SPARC microprocessor family timed to the market availability of 64-bit applications.
According to company officials, Fujitsu's funding of the Viper development project is tied to delivery of specific deliverables under the agreement and is subject to reduction or cancellation in the event certain schedule milestones are not met.
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