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Sparc CPU design now GPL

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

It’s been too long since I last posted. In any case, I was really impressed today when I discovered that Sun has released their UltraSPARC T1 chip design (with multithreading design) under the GPL. You can actually download the entire chip design as a verilog RTL file, which is pretty neat, as well as downloading some other Sun internal tools and some tests. Although the idea for releasing the chip design is to allow developers to write better code for the chip, it would be neat if there were actually external modifications made that eventually made their way into a future revision of the silicon. Or kind of neat if someone else fabbed the same chip using the GPL design, although that seems pretty unlikely.