New UltraSparc processors on PCI and a Web-optimised Java processor core from Sun Microelectronics have big implications for system integrators.
The i-series UltraSparc, previewed at Electronica late last year, is aimed at entry level workstations and servers, plus high performance embedded systems. Due out this summer, it’s a 64bit single chip system solution, including CPU, PCIbus interface and memory controller. Early devices will be 250-300MHz.
So we can expect high performance, Solaris-based systems, fast development and reduced prices – not least because of the PCIbus implementation and ATX form-factor, with lower costs.
Meanwhile, the Java microprocessor core launch is picoJava I, a RISC-style pipeline with Java bytecode instruction set, again scheduled for this summer. Performance is outstanding – 20 times x86 general purpose processors and five times performance with just-in-time compilers.
Sun says that the technology is optimised for Java, and it’s aiming to establish picoJava I as a de facto. The launch heralds the arrival of the first JavaChip processors.
* Sun also launched the SparcEngine Ultra AX, a motherboard which can be powered by UltraSparc processors with Solaris and Java support etc. It’s on a PC ATX form-factor with 64bit and optional 32bit 66/33MHz PCIbus.