Sun Microsystems is launching its new UltraSparc T1-based servers this week.
Both the Sun Fire T2000 and T1000 use the energy-efficient and multi-tasking UltraSparc T1 processor, which was previously code-named “Niagara”.
Each UltraSparc T1 has eight processing cores which can run up to a total of 32 simultaneous instruction sequences.
The whole chip consumes a maximum of 72 watts, which Sun said is less than comparable products from Intel. Intel’s Xeon consumes between 100 and 165 watts.
The new server processor is competing against similar enterprise processors from IBM, Intel and AMD.
Sun hopes the new processor will help reverse its server sales decline, which has seen it fall back in terms of market share against the top three of Hewlett-Packard, Dell and IBM.
The T2000 starts at £4,600 and goes up to £15,300. The 1000 will arrive in the first quarter of 2006 and will cost between £1,800 and £6,500.
Sun plans to launch a range of new blade servers using the Ultrasparc T1 next summer, and an upgraded version of the processor is expected in 2007.