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Old 8th August, 2007, 03:46 PM
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Sun Announces New UltraSPARC T2 as "World's Fastest Microprocessor"

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Marcus Yam (Blog) - August 7, 2007 10:04 AM DailyTech

Sun's new UltraSPARC T2, formerly codenamed Niagara 2, may find its way outside of the server market... Front Page
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I rather doubt it includes a pair of 10 giga-byte ethernet ports. 10 giga-bit, maybe.
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It's a nice feature list.
  • Dual 10GbE on chip
  • Eight lanes of PCI Express I/O on chip
  • Four integrated memory controllers on chip, supporting a maximum of 64 FB-DIMMs.
  • 8 cores with a crypto unit per core. Each core supports 8 threads (Hyper threading supported 2 threads).

Looks like Sun decided to include the memory controller and PCI Express onboard the same chip.
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Has this chip any desktop potential?
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Only if you want to run Solaris or Linux.
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And if one runs Linux? Sorry just curious. I like to have choices even if I don't understand them.":O}
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You could use it on your desktop.
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Do you think they will attempt to market it as a desktop, You'd better tell me, your running out of teeth to pull! ":O}
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The press release seems to suggest that they might make a lesser version of the chip for desktop use. Don't forget that desktops are having a hard time making the price/value proposition for dual-core CPUs, and this thing has 8 cores.
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Last time I checked, which was years ago, UltraSparcs were ~$4000. Are we really raking in that much cash?!?
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Old 9th August, 2007, 02:26 AM
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The full-blown chip will sell for about $1000; lesser versions will be cheaper, obviously.
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Given that a certain poorly run datacenter is willing to charge $1099/month for a dual clovertown machine, the cost of one of these starts sounding less extreme.
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