Sun to Roll Out First of 'Niagara' Servers: "Sun Microsystems Inc. on Tuesday is unveiling the first systems to run on its new multicore UltraSPARC T1, which the company hopes will give it greater traction in sectors now dominated by x86 machines.
The rollout is a cornerstone of Sun's four-quarter product announcements, being made in New York City. Sun officials have been talking about the processor?which offers up to eight cores per chip?for more than a year and officially introduced it in November.
The chip (formerly code-named Niagara), with eight cores that can process four instruction threads simultaneously, is designed to offer greater performance than current single- or dual-core processors, but without ramping up energy consumption or heat generation. The UltraSPARC T1 has a 70-watt power envelope.
Sun officials refer to these capabilities?high throughput with low power consumption?as their 'CoolThreads' technology."