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Wind River To Support Sun's Open Source UltraSPARC T1 Multithreaded Processor

Extends Platform For Network Equipment, Linux Edition With Support For Multi-Threaded Open Source Eco-system

Pioneered by Sun with the multi-core UltraSPARC T1 processor, the open source release of the chip design provides a very high-end, scalable architecture that delivers chip multi-threaded innovation to NEPs and TEMs interested in building next generation ATCA platforms. The UltraSPARC T1 processor provides high throughput by using eight CPU cores running a hypervisor that provides 32 physical threads into a single ATCA compute blade, 28 more than any other general-purpose multi-core processor in the market today. In addition the open availability of the processor design and Instruction-Set-Architecture (ISA) greatly simplifies and accelerates the development of run-time software.

“Sun’s UltraSPARC T1 processor delivers industry-leading performance and multi-threading features that enable a whole new class of high-end, high-value solutions for markets such as ATCA,” said John Bruggeman, chief marketing officer, Wind River. “As the market leading provider of Carrier Grade Linux-based device software platforms, we are pleased to support the OpenSPARC architecture. Together with Sun, we look forward to offering our customers tightly integrated, highly optimized ATCA solutions featuring the industry’s most innovative hardware and software technology.”

Based on a CGL distribution, Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, integrates with many of the industry's most popular telecommunications boards, making it an ideal fit for the telecommunications and high-end data networking markets. It supports the emerging PICMG 3.x ATCA specification and various high-availability functions, and includes a standards-based interprocess communication (IPC) mechanism that connects the Linux and VxWorks editions of the platform. This tested and validated Linux platform is supported and maintained by Wind River.

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