Ex-Intel, Sun chip guru brewing multichip SPARC

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Ex-Intel, Sun chip guru brewing multichip SPARC

Sun Microsystems has a closer connection to Afara Websystems, its most recent acquisition, than we realized last week. One of Afara’s co-founders is Les Kohn, one of the designers of Intel’s i860 and i960 RISC chips, NatSemi’s 320xx Swordfish and the UltraSPARC-I. The secretive start-up won’t say what it’s doing, but announcing the news last week Sun’s VP of microprocessors and network products David Yen said that it was a SPARC licensee and would be unveiling “highly innovative” boxes quite soon. The Silicon Valley rumor mill suggests that Afara has built a multi-chip, multi-processor SPARC chip for its new networking box.

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