30 Jun '17, 4pm

Chip Hall of Fame: Sun Microsystems SPARC Processor

As an academic study, RISC sounded great. But was it marketable? Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle ) bet on it. In 1984, a small team of Sun engineers set out to develop a 32-bit RISC processor called SPARC (for Scalable Processor Architecture). The idea was to use the chips in Sun’s new line of workstations. One day, Scott McNealy , then Sun’s CEO, showed up at the SPARC development lab. “He said that SPARC would take Sun from a $500-million-a-year company to a billion-dollar-a-year company,” recalls Patterson, a consultant to the SPARC project.

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