Big Month for Sun Microelectonics
By Mark Richardson on Aug 22, 2007
"At Hot Chips it seems that everyone had multi-core chips. But from the tier one guys, such as IBM, AMD, etc., no one has done anything as radical as Sun."
It has been an exciting few weeks for Sun Microelectronics. You could say we have many threads going right now...
First, on August 7, we unveiled the UltraSPARC T2 processor (a.k.a. Niagara 2). T2 is the world's fastest commodity processor. And it comes on the heels of the success of the UltraSPARC T1 processor; last quarter Sun systems based on T1 generated over $200 million in revenue.
Then last week Marc Tremblay outlined Sun's radically innovative Transactional Memory. It's designed to help ISVs, and the software they develop, take full advantage of chip multi-processing. More to come next year when we introduce Rock.
This week was Hot Chips. I'm told the presentations given by Sun's Hans Eberle on Proximity Interconnect and Stephen Phillips on Victoria Falls, both generated a lot of buzz.
Think of Victoria Falls as multiple Niagara 2 processors in the same system. Great performance and eco-efficient to boot!