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Sun unveils new 32-way server chip

Antony Savvas

Sun Microsystems has unveiled a new server chip which is designed to deliver more processing power while using less energy than its rivals' chips.

The UltraSparc T1 processor, which was code-named Niagara, has up to eight computing cores on a single chip, each of which is capable of handling up to four tasks at once.

The multiple-task handing on each core using the Coolthreads package is being marketed as a 32-way computing platform by the company.

Sun said it planned to launch the first servers equipped with the UltraSparc T1 by the end of this year.

The new chip uses about 70 watts of power on average, less than the 150 to 200 watts used by rival server chips from the likes of Intel or IBM, said Sun.

Sun said the chip added extra power to servers, was space saving as a result of supporting up to eight cores, and would require less cooling in datacentres.

The UltraSparc T1 chips will be used in a new line of Sun Fire servers to be made available before the end of the year.


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