UltraSparc 1.2GHz on Wed

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by arn, Sep 18, 2002.

  1. arn
    macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001

    The processor, to be announced at the SunNetwork 2002 conference in San Francisco, is built by Texas Instruments with a manufacturing process that permits 130-nanometer features, a smaller size than the current 150-nanometer process. Having smaller features means a smaller overall chip, which in turn means that power consumption decreases while the clock speed increases.
  2. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2001
    yep at 53 watts its impressive....I'll be very interested to see next years sparcV.

    also of note is suns decision to start selling cheap, quality pcs..
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I haven't had a chance to play in the SunSparc arena in quite a few years, but how do these stack up against PCs and Macs? We have a couple UltraSparcs here at work for the guys doing the heavy signal processing, but is it worth the expense for these machines?

  4. macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2001
    I'm all about competition and having lots of processor architectures and OS's available, but I just don't see how Sparc and Solaris are compeditive. I'm pretty sure that Sparcs are faster than G4's at a given clock in most code, but G4's don't cost $20000 for a good dual CPU machine either (that was a rough price).

    If Apple ever gets a 64-bit processor Sun will probably find it that much harder to sell Sparc workstations.
  5. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2001
    for doing tasks such as signal processing - yep! :) its a variety of features - teh first being build quality - ever tried picking an ultra 10 up? :) also, maths wise, they really do stack up well - the 'boss' works in DSP research with radar and tracking malarky, and she won't have anything else (and, yeah, what she wants...sheesh! :) ). On a pure cost basis, yes they are expensive, but I have a sparc 5 under my desk keeping my feet warm, and i really can't say when it was last turned off (years back!!), so yeah, I'd say it hasn't cost *that* much in comparison.
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2001
    i sunno about that - today they announced the ultra 6 and 7 are in 'design'. These machines are very much orientated for specialist science/design type markets, and I cant see sun be worried about loss of market to AMD or apple..

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