By Karie Willyerd on Jul 03, 2007
OK, it's not the same as the 8 MILLION Solaris downloads, but we're pretty happy that the OpenSPARC T1 design has been downloaded more than 5,300 times in the roughly 18 months it's been available. Of course, open source hardware is different from open source software and the OpenSPARC project shows not only Sun's commitment to open IP but also that researchers, chip designers, tools makers and foundries are interested in the many technical breakthroughs embodied in the microprocessor with the most threads—32—of any processor in its class. Sun's OpenSPARC variant—the UltraSPARC T1 processor with CoolThreads technology—is the highest-throughput and most eco-responsible processor created to date.
Interesting to know: Design variations based on OpenSPARC T1 have come from companies such as SimplyRISC and Polaris Micro and the University of California at Santa Cruz has created a Center of Excellence to research computer architecture using OpenSPARC technology.
Congratulations to the entire OpenSPARC community!