“In what must have seemed to many as a bold move, Sun Microsystems last week announced that it would released the source code for its UltraSparc T1 processor under the GPL, supported by a new organization that it calls OpenSPARC.net. But to those that have been around for a while, the announcement had an eerily familiar sound to it, and that sound was the echo of an organization called SPARC International. Formed 18 years ago to license the SPARC chip design to multiple vendors to ensure second sourcing for the hardware vendors that Sun hoped would adopt it, SPARC International seemed to be every bit as revolutionary for its time as Sun’s new initiative does today. SPARC International’s site, looking very retro and neglected, can still be seen – at least for now.”
SPARC International and OpenSPARC.net
Submitted by Andy Updegrove 2006-03-27 Oracle and SUN 6 Comments
Sun opened the design to Sparc 18 years ago but the code only by license, thus Sparc International. Fujitsu is the only one who seemed to take them up on their offer.
This one looks different, with the code fully open as well.