Santa Clara, Calif.Sun Microsystems Inc. has entered the commercial silicon market with what it claims is the the world's fastest commodity microprocessor, the UltraSPARC T2.
According to Sun Microsystems, the UltraSPARC T2 is the industry's first volume processor with eight cores and eight threads per core, and available for sale separate from its own systems.
Formerly known as the "Niagara 2" project, the UltraSPARC T2 processor employs Sun's CoolThreads chip multithreading (CMT) technology. As a result, the UltraSPARC T2 processor is powered by fewer than two watts per thread, which is one-tenth to one-thirtieth the power consumption of competitive offerings, according to Sun Microsystems.
With each thread capable of running its own operating system, the chip delivers a 64-way system on a single chip. Sun will provide the UltraSPARC T2 processor design to the free and open source community via the GPL license.
The UltraSPARC T2 brings together the key functions of multiple systems-virtualization, processing, networking, security, floating point units and accelerated memory access. Applications include servers, storages and networking devices.
Pricing: Starts at less than $1,000 each.
Availability: Production quantities this quarter.
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