Sun Microsystems Completes Design Tape-Out for Next-Generation, Breakthrough UltraSPARC T2 CoolThreads(TM) Processor

Sun Set to Deliver World's First 64-Threaded Systems On Time in 2007

SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced that the tape-out completion of the next generation, breakthrough UltraSPARC(R) T2 processor with CoolThreads(TM) technology occurred last month, shortly after the introduction of the first-generation UltraSPARC(R) T1 processor and the Sun Fire(TM) T2000(TM) systems. Demonstrating Sun's commitment to anticipating customer needs and to delivering chip multi-threading (CMT) technology ahead of the competition, the next-generation UltraSPARC T2 processor is on-track to be delivered on-time in new systems from Sun in the second half of 2007.

With the world's first 64 threaded processor, Sun's UltraSPARC T2 processor is set to deliver twice the performance of current UltraSPARC T1 processor-based systems within the same power envelope, demonstrating continued innovation and leadership for Sun in CMT. Architectural and performance enhancements in the next-generation UltraSPARC T2 processor architecture will enable Sun to broaden the addressable market for chip multi-threaded systems, continuing to set the industry standard for throughput performance and low power consumption for the next phase of the Internet build out.

"UltraSPARC T1 processor-based Sun Fire T2000 systems are setting a new industry-standard for performance and power consumption in the datacenter and the industry is following Sun's lead in CMT," said David Yen, executive vice-president, Scalable Systems Group, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The tape-out of the next generation UltraSPARC T2 processor design reinforces Sun's multi-year lead over the competition and, more importantly, gives customers a great roadmap of unmatched system throughput with millions of dollars of bottom line power, cooling and space cost savings."

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