posted by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Sep 2005 16:56 UTC
Sun plans to ship 8-core and 6-core versions of the Niagara processor in single socket servers before year end, according to sources. The decision to produce 6-core parts came as Sun tried to make best use of chip yields from its partner TI. In addition, Sun can now offer a couple of different prices with the Niagara-based systems, pitching the 6-core gear as lower-end. Based on 1.0GHz and eventually 1.2GHz chips, a Niagara server will consume on average 250 watts - versus close to four times that amount for similarly performing Xeon-based four-way servers.