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Speculation Grows on AMD/Sun Partnership

By: Mario Rodrigues

Date: February 11, 2002

Following a report in the Register, the inquirer has more details about such a possible relationship. They refer to part of an August 2000 announcement by AMD about the x86-64 architecture spec which Sun was very exited about:

"Sun Microsystems' Solaris team is very excited about AMD's x86-64 technology. We applaud AMD's ISV compatibility and upgrade strategy as well as their open technology announcement today. We will be following their progress closely as this technology comes to market," said Anil Gadre, vice president and general manager for Solaris at Sun Microsystems.

Seventeen months have now passed us by. At the end of January, AMD announced first silicon for Hammer which met all their expectations. They also said that they would sample their infrastructure partners next quarter. Will this include Sun?

With Sun's full embracement of Linux, as announced last week, they also detailed new single and multiprocessor systems, to be announced mid-year, which will use the x86 architecture and be capable of running thousands of Linux applications natively. The big question is what processor will Sun decide to support? It doesn't take an expert to see where all this may lead.

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