Sun to Take New T1 Sparc Chip Open Source

Posted by ralph on Dec 7, 2005 2:10 AM EDT
IT Jungle; By Timothy Prickett Morgan
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Sun Microsystems rolled out the "Niagara" T1 eight-core processors and made its case for eco-friendly, cost-effective computing with the new T1000 and T2000 servers that make use of the chip. And in a surprising move, after several hours of positioning the boxes, Sun chairman and CEO, Scott McNealy, announced that Sun would be taking the T1 processor open source. What on earth does that mean?

[ED: There have been several projects working on an open CPU design, but not much has come of them. If this is as good as it sounds, it will be a big step in the long run. - ralph]

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