Sun Targets Linux with New Chip


SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Taking aim at the Linux challenge, Sun Microsystems is at work on new chip technology that should appeal to users working in high-transaction environments, officials said last week.

A new generation of the UltraSparc processors, based on technology from Afara Websystems, which Sun purchased in July 2002, will be embedded in hardware that can support the processing power of a 32-way CPU on a single chip, says John Loiacano, vice president of the operating platforms group at

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