Sun will pass a significant development milestone in 2005 for two follow-on
models of the company’s forthcoming processor, code-named Niagara. Those
successors include a second-generation Niagara chip and the "Rock" processor,
due to arrive in systems in 2008. Rock employs some of Niagara’s technology for
running multiple jobs at once but is designed for more-demanding, higher-end
tasks. Niagara servers are due to arrive in the first quarter of 2006.

Niagara will be the first major debut of a technology called chip
multithreading (CMT), which is designed to let processors work more efficiently.
Niagara, with eight cores each able to run four threads, can run a total of 32
threads in parallel. Today’s software will work on CMT chips, but must be
optimized to work well. Niagara is based on 90nm process while Niagara II and
Rock will be built with a 65nm process.

Sun will aggressively promote AMD’s dual-core Opteron processors, which
boosts computing power by combining two processing engines into one single slice
of silicon. That chip is still on schedule to arrive this year. Officially, AMD
intend to be launching it in the marketplace around the summertime. Sometimes
things happen and you might do better. Later this year, Sun plans to release
high-end Opteron servers and to refresh midrange storage products with Opteron chips.

Sun will pass a significant development milestone in 2005 for two follow-on
models of the company’s forthcoming processor, code-named Niagara. Those
successors include a second-generation Niagara chip and the "Rock" processor,
due to arrive in systems in 2008. Rock employs some of Niagara’s technology for
running multiple jobs at once but is designed for more-demanding, higher-end
tasks. Niagara servers are due to arrive in the first quarter of 2006.

Niagara will be the first major debut of a technology called chip
multithreading (CMT), which is designed to let processors work more efficiently.
Niagara, with eight cores each able to run four threads, can run a total of 32
threads in parallel. Today’s software will work on CMT chips, but must be
optimized to work well. Niagara is based on 90nm process while Niagara II and
Rock will be built with a 65nm process.

Sun will aggressively promote AMD’s dual-core Opteron processors, which
boosts computing power by combining two processing engines into one single slice
of silicon. That chip is still on schedule to arrive this year. Officially, AMD
intend to be launching it in the marketplace around the summertime. Sometimes
things happen and you might do better. Later this year, Sun plans to release
high-end Opteron servers and to refresh midrange storage products with Opteron chips.