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Sun Niagara 3 Chip Design Begins

Sun Microsystems engineers have begun designing Niagara 3. This new member of the Sparc family will be built using a manufacturing process with 45-nanometer circuitry elements. Niagara 1 has eight processing cores, each able to process four simultaneous “threads” of instructions. Niagara 2 doubles the total number of threads from 32 to 64 by supporting eight threads in each of its eight cores. Niagara 3 will continue the trend. Memory bandwidth also will be increased compared with earlier models.

Sun Microsystems engineers have begun designing Niagara 3. This new member of the Sparc family will be built using a manufacturing process with 45-nanometer circuitry elements. Niagara 1 has eight processing cores, each able to process four simultaneous “threads” of instructions. Niagara 2 doubles the total number of threads from 32 to 64 by supporting eight threads in each of its eight cores. Niagara 3 will continue the trend. Memory bandwidth also will be increased compared with earlier models.

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