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Sun delivers new UltraSPARC processor

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Sun Microsystems has unveiled the next-generation 1.2GHz UltraSPARC III Cu 1200 processor built on 0.13-micron process technology from Texas Instruments .

Compared to the current UltraSPARC III Cu 1050, the new processor also slashes power consumption by 30%, from 75W (peak) to 53W (peak).

These power savings also translate into cost savings courtesy of Sun’s own application of Moore’s Law, according to Sun Processor and Network Products group executive VP David Yen.

Moore’s Law states that semiconductor advances have the effect of doubling the number of transistors that can be integrated into a given area of silicon die every 18 months.

Rather than using this as a license to pack the maximum number of transistors in the largest possible die area, Sun has adopted what it has dubbed a ‘Less is Moore’s’ strategy.

This sees Sun engineers use process technology advances to reduce die size and with it, processor manufacturing cost and power consumption, Yen said.

“The UltraSPARC III Cu 1200 processor again demonstrates the strengths of the UltraSPARC III design and the benefits of our close relationship with Texas Instruments,” Yen continued.

“Through the UltraSPARC III architecture, we’re maintaining competitive performance while reversing the trend to excessive power consumption [through gas-guzzler 64bit microprocessors].”

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