So, it’s April 2007 and Sun Microsystems has just popped one of its 16-core Rock chips on CEO Jonathan Schwartz’s desk. Schwartz posted pictures of the Rock silicon on his blog, bragging that ‘the chips are running billions of instructions already’. Sun’s customers must be encouraged by the Rock display, having suffered from about five years of delayed UltraSPARC chips. Servers based on the Rock family – Boulder and Pebble – should begin shipping in 2008.
Sun CEO Shows Off Rock Ahead of Fujitsu Launch
2007-04-10 Oracle and SUN 10 Comments
Sorry but the pictures are just the package top & bottom, still the pin counts are really getting up there, 2500 pins or so, mostly power, 800+ signals.
I’d like to see some high quality png die shots, I collect them as a fellow chip guy.
Nice Rock you’ve got there 😉
Too bad I won’t get my hands on one I’ll have to wait until 16 cores are all the rage in last years x86.
Is this related to Niagra at all?