9 December 2005, 19:27 by mark hoekstra

OpenSPARC: chip design goes Open Source

Sun decided to Open Source it’s Niagara (UltraSPARC T1) chip design

“While there’s a good deal of skill in the instantiation, a silicon chip these days is “just” the compiled version of a software design. A chip like the UltraSPARC T1 is actually a huge Verilog program compiled to atoms instead of assembly language.”

“You don’t know where it’s going to go,” said Sun’s CEO Scott McNealy, during a product launch event in New York. “That’s the beauty of it.”

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“In the coming months we plan to post source code, documentation, and tools based on our 64-bit, multithreaded UltraSPARC T1 processor. The UltraSPARC T1’s CoolThreads technology has set a whole new standard for the industry in terms of throughput and energy efficiency, and now you can join the revolution. It’s worth a peek; it’s free. Welcome to the world of 64-bit computing, and 32 threads.”


OpenSPARC community site

Damn, you gotta love this! I’m a huge fan of OpenBSD on SUN hardware… seems with this, that this is a combination I’ll be able to use for a long time ahead :-) Open Source software on Open Source hardware… it’s a beautiful world after all ;-)

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