"Rock tape-out just a few weeks away"
By surenssamant on Dec 09, 2006
"A Rock design-completion milestone called "tape-out" for the chip is
just a few weeks away, Marc Tremblay, Sun's chief architect, said in a
meeting here Wednesday. The company is holding a contest right now: if
Sun engineers don't tape out the design by December 31, they'll all
have to wear a tie, formal attire that Tremblay suspects is lacking
from many of the designers' wardrobes."
This, if nothing else, should surely make the developers be on schedule for the "tape-out".
More at this news.com article.