Sun heeft tijdens een conference call laten weten dat de release van de UltraSparc III processors is uitgesteld tot het derde kwartaal. Oorspronkelijk stond deze proc gepland voor het eind van de eerste helft van 2000:
Management made a few other announcements regarding future products. First, Sun said that the UltraSparc-III microprocessor line would be coming out in the September quarter. The new chips are designed to run at 600 Mhz, and are expected to receive a warm welcome in the market.
Sun also plans to roll out new data storage products on June 14. It is unclear what strategy the company will employ in this new business, but many projections have the storage market expanding by more than 50% annually for the near future, which is much faster than Sun's current growth rate. [break] In een eerdere nieuwsposting van 30 januari werden al een aantal sappige details van de UltraSparc genoemd. De processor wordt geproduceerd op een 0,18micron procédé en zal beschikbaar komen in kloksnelheden van 600 tot 750MHz. De maximale I/O bandbreedte bedraagt 2,4GB/s: [/break] The UltraSPARC III processor offers significant design innovations in massive multiprocessing, non-uniform memory access (NUMA), high-bandwidth memory I/O and Scalable Shared Memory (SSM). The UltraSPARC III processor is built with reliability, availability, scalability and serviceability in mind, all of which are critical in networked e-commerce environments that demand the ability to handle massive numbers of data transactions on a continuous basis.
The design features of the Solaris 8.0 Operating Environment allow the operating system to see and understand hundreds of processes running on multiple UltraSPARC III processors as a single system image. The CPU, which has full support for NUMA-based systems, is able to handle non-uniform memory accesses that allow the operating system to take advantage of the CPU's multi-processing and multi-threading features. The Solaris 8.0 Operating Environment features a many-to-many threading scheme, which inherently makes it more scalable.
The Solaris 8.0 Operating Environment's 64-bit software environment enables superior execution of many types of applications, and the CPU capitalizes on this advantage through its built-in memory controller. This supports high-bandwidth memory access with peak memory and I/O bandwidths of 2.4 Gb/sec, which contributes substantially to optimizing system-level performance.