New OpenSPARC T1
By Mark Richardson on May 19, 2008
Sun has just released a new version of OpenSPARC T1, v1.6. The release allows OpenSPARC T1 on FPGAs (field programmable gate array) to boot OpenSolaris. The result: an inexpensive development platform for hardware designers and developers to create hardware derivatives.
In December 2005, Sun first published the specifics for the UltraSPARC T1 processor, making it the first major processor design to be offered to the open source community. Over 7,000 copies of the OpenSPARC T1 processor RTL have been downloaded worldwide. Through the OpenSPARC technology program, Sun helps community members to build on proven technology at a dramatically low cost, and helps to drive down the cost of implementing designs into different technologies and products.
New Features in the Release 1.6 of OpenSPARC T1
- T1 core supports single- and four-thread options on FPGAs
- Reference designs boot OpenSolaris on single- or four-thread mode
- Xilinx Virtex-5 technology support
- Networking (ftp, telnet) support
These new features are designed to enable a user to build real systems using the OpenSPARC T1 core.
For more details and to download the new release go here: