NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Network Computing 2005 Q4
(NC05Q4) -- Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today announced the
OpenSPARC(TM) project to open source its new breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T1(TM)
processor design point. With more than 3.4 million registered licenses of the
Solaris(TM) 10 Operating System (OS) and 10,000 registered OpenSolaris
community members, Sun is building on a long history of sharing source code
and creating communities and is the first to create this new 64-bit, 32-thread
rich SPARC/Solaris community to spur innovation for massively-threaded systems
and "system on a chip" design. The program will be available in the first
quarter of 2006.
Today, Sun also announced plans to publish specifications for the
UltraSPARC-based chip, including the source of the design expressed in
Verilog, a verification suite and simulation models, instruction set
architecture specification (UltraSPARC Architecture 2005) and a Solaris OS
port. The goal is to enable community members to build on proven technology at
a markedly lower cost and to innovate freely. The source code will be released
under an Open Source Initiative (OSI)-approved open source license.
With this ground-breaking move to open source the UltraSPARC T1 code, Sun
intends to significantly increase participation in processor architecture
development and application design and eliminate many of the barriers to the
next big build-out of the Internet. The program will yield more collaboration
and cooperation around hardware design and is expected to help drive down the
costs of implementing the design in different technologies, while enabling
bold new products to be brought to market.
"This company was founded on the principles of openness, community and
competition. In our 23-year history, we've contributed more code to the open
source community than any other organization on earth," said Scott McNealy,
chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Today, we're breaking new ground by
extending the open source movement into the IT hardware business and removing
the barriers for adoption. We're throwing open the doors of innovation for
everyone to participate, fostering new growth and economic opportunity for Sun
and the Internet of the future."
Having launched UltraSPARC 1 almost a decade ago as one of Sun's founders
and now a partner with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and
Byers, Bill Joy likes the idea that the processor code can be available for
future innovations. "It's great to see advanced multi-core technology, like
OpenSPARC, made available in this way for collaboration, education and
research," said Bill Joy.
"The SPARC architecture has a long history of being open. Sun's
open-sourcing of a 64-bit SPARC processor implementation opens SPARC in a new
and exciting way and paves the way for the next Internet build-out," said
Karen Anaya, CEO, SPARC International. "SPARC International is delighted to
see the devoted SPARC community expanding to encompass an even broader range
of SPARC implementations."
"Sun's move to open up the design of the new UltraSPARC 64-bit chip is a
new frontier for open source. We've long understood the benefits of openness
and sharing for driving innovation and quality in software development, but it
has yet to be tried for hardware design. While no one expects garage hackers
doing their own chip fabs, there's no question that hardware designers can
learn from each other's work as readily as software designers, and that design
elements taken from one chip could more quickly advance the development of
others. I'm hopeful that Sun's leadership in this area will encourage similar
moves from other players," said Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media.
"Sun's decision to release Verilog source code for the UltraSPARC hardware
design under a free software license is a historic step," said Eben Moglen,
founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center. "The future direction
of hardware design will be charted through the same principles of deep
collaboration and free exchange of ideas that were pioneered by the free
software and open source communities. Sun is showing its profound
understanding of the forces shaping our technological future in making this
In conjunction with the OpenSolaris project, the OpenSPARC initiative
heralds the dawn of a new era of 64-bit industry-standard computing where
communities can leverage well-designed building blocks to innovate and add
value both at the hardware and software levels. In addition, Sun is actively
working with the open source community to bring Linux and FreeBSD to the
UltraSPARC T1 platform.
Sun continues to be a pioneer in the trend of open sourcing products and
technologies. Sun has committed to open sourcing its entire software portfolio
using industry-standard open source licensing models to allow customers to
have easy and broad access to all of its source code. Many of the components
of Sun's integrated software platform are already available as open source,
including the Solaris OS, the Sun Java(TM) Application Server, the
NetBeans(TM) software tools, and several key underlying services like single
sign-on capabilities and the ability to connect multiple, independent
applications in a standard way.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding Sun's
beliefs and expectations regarding the impact and timing of the Open SPARC(TM)
project to open source its new breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T1(TM) processor
design point. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and that
may cause actual results to differ materially. The following important
factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from
those expressed in these forward-looking statements: risks associated with
open sourcing; and failure to rapidly and successfully develop and introduce
new products. Please also refer to Sun's periodic reports that are filed from
time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual
Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2005 and our Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended September 25, 2005. Sun
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