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SPARC

(Scalable Performance ARChitecture) A family of RISC CPUs originally from Sun Microsystems that runs various operating systems, including Solaris, Linux and BSD versions. After development began in the mid-1980s by David Patterson of the University of California at Berkeley and Bill Joy of Sun, the first 32-bit SPARC chip was introduced in 1989 in Sun's SPARCstation 1. Prior to SPARC, Sun hardware used Motorola 68K CPUs. In 1995, a 64-bit line was introduced (see UltraSPARC). See RISC.

SPARC International
From the outset, Sun made it easy for third parties to make SPARC-compatible computers. In 1989, Sun and Fujitsu founded SPARC International to license the instruction set at little more than the cost of distributing the specification to members. It also provides certification for SPARC compliance. Since its founding, members have produced dozens of compatible SPARC chips, including servers and set-top boxes.

OpenSPARC - Open Source SPARC
In 2006, Sun made the UltraSPARC T1 architecture public. By releasing the RTL (circuit design) under the GPL license, the UltraSPARC T1 was the first state-of-the-art hardware to become open source. OpenSPARC projects undertaken include research beyond eight cores and a single threaded implementation for handhelds.

The First SPARCstation
In 1989, Sun introduced the SPARCstation 1, the first Sun computer that used the SPARC chip. The SPARC line has been very successful. (Image courtesy of Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
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The AMD K6-2 will definitely be competing at the higher end of the embedded market, against chips such as IBM Corp's PowerPC and Sun Microsystems Inc's forthcoming UltraSparc IIe. Asked whether the power consumption of the low power K6-2E was overly high, Feen said, "as long as you're under 10 or 12 watts, our customers really don't care." However, he admitted that the chips were "not for battery-powered applications." The chips are available now, priced from $55 to $69 in 1,000 unit quantities.
The new Sun Blade 100 workstation, which is a follow-on to Sun's Ultra 5 2D graphics Unix workstation, is based on the recently unveiled 64-bit UltraSPARC IIe 500MHz processor with features including 2Gb memory, the Solaris 8 operating environment and professional-level 3D graphics capabilities.
Derek Meyer, VP of marketing and sales at the Mountain View, California-based company, reserves his harshest criticism for the Sun UltraSparc IIe, claiming that Sun Microelectronics has never acknowledged the embedded market and that any sales of the IIe are "purely gravy" for a division that primarily focuses on designs for workstations and servers.
Sun Microsystems Inc has provided a technology overview of its UltraSPARC IIe microprocessor which is scheduled for release in 2000.
Sun Microsystems Inc, a company not previously noted for embedded chips, is aiming to make its presence felt in the high end of the market with its new UltraSparc IIe design.