With its new microprocessor, Sun Microsystems hopes to sell chips to telecom firms, storage manufacturers.
UltraSparc IV+ now available in 1.95GHz, 2.1GHz models, but higher-end server sales could be slowing.
Speed increase improves the overall performance of servers with the chip about 20 percent, Sun Microsystems says.
The 64-thread UltraSparc T2 design now is available under the General Public License.
New UltraSparc IV+ has been released in high-end Unix servers, the 36-processor Sun Fire E20K and 72-processor E25K.
The UltraSparc IV+ processor will double the performance of Sun's Unix servers. The chip, however, soon will face competition.
Next week will see the launch of the new top-of-the-line chip in a revamp of Sun's core Unix server line, News.com has learned.
Sun plans to announce faster UltraSparc T1 'Niagara' servers. And 'Rock' servers are due in the second half of 2008.
Upcoming "Niagara" will appear in the 1.6GHz UltraSparc IIIi.