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Sun unleashes Niagara servers

At a press event in New York, Sun unveils the Sun Fire T2000 and T1000 servers.

Sun launched its Sun Fire T1000 and T2000 servers Tuesday based on its UltraSparc T1 processor, code-named Niagara.

The chip's eight processing cores can run 32 parallel instruction sequences called threads while consuming a maximum of 72 watts--considerably lower than most competing chips.

The Niagara systems are a crucial part of Sun's attempt to restore its financial fortunes and respect in the server market. The company is aiming the servers chiefly at Dell, IBM and Hewlett-Packard--and both higher-end Unix servers and lower-end x86 servers using Intel and AMD chips. Click on the videos below to watch footage from the Niagara press event.

At a press event in New York, Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy and Sun Executive Vice President David Yen unveil the Sun Fire T2000 and T1000 servers, which use the UltraSparc T1 processor. Yen explains how the chip is innovative and socially responsible.

At the New York press event unveiling a T1 chip-based server line, Sun's CEO explains how his company lost market share, but is bouncing back.

McNealy explains why the information age is history and how consumers are interacting with the Web more than ever.