Sun has manufactured first silicon of its next-generation Niagra processor, which isn’t due to ship until 2006. The advanced chip contains eight 64-bit UltraSparc cores and will power new systems, which Sun plans to position as “throughput computing” engines capable of handing network-intensive tasks. The 1.0 design is running in the lab. It’s running the Solaris 9 operating system on top of it, with 32 application threads on top of Solaris. The eight-core Niagra will dissipate only 60 W of power which is a fraction of the 100 W or so consumed by today’s dual-core UltraSparc IV and is also likely beneath the power figure expected from dual-core processors due out of Intel and AMD in 2005. Niagra will be fabricated in an advanced 90-nm process. It also boasts a host of on-chip features, which make its design highly integrated. The initial version will include an onboard Ethernet controller and a built-in memory controller. Subsequent versions will have 10-Gigabit Ethernet and even cyptologic built on the chip.

Sun has manufactured first silicon of its next-generation Niagra processor, which isn’t due to ship until 2006. The advanced chip contains eight 64-bit UltraSparc cores and will power new systems, which Sun plans to position as “throughput computing” engines capable of handing network-intensive tasks. The 1.0 design is running in the lab. It’s running the Solaris 9 operating system on top of it, with 32 application threads on top of Solaris. The eight-core Niagra will dissipate only 60 W of power which is a fraction of the 100 W or so consumed by today’s dual-core UltraSparc IV and is also likely beneath the power figure expected from dual-core processors due out of Intel and AMD in 2005. Niagra will be fabricated in an advanced 90-nm process. It also boasts a host of on-chip features, which make its design highly integrated. The initial version will include an onboard Ethernet controller and a built-in memory controller. Subsequent versions will have 10-Gigabit Ethernet and even cyptologic built on the chip.