The Simply RISC's variant, called the "S1 Core," has only one. It's designed for embedded computing applications such as those in handheld computers, set-top boxes or digital cameras, the company said on its Web site Friday., called "cores," but
The company consists of former STMicroelectronics engineers working in Catania, Italy, and in Bristol, England. It has shipped its first S1 Core chip, code-named Sirocco.
The chip can run the Unix and Linux operating systems, Simply RISC said. Sun's Solaris version of Unix is chiefly used on Sparc processors, and the server maker is encouraging efforts by Linux programmers to support the UltraSparc T1. The.
To, . It is trying to build an around the chip, similar to the groups of programmers that support and extend open-source software.
The Sparc chips, while popular in the 1990s for servers, have lost some ground to high-end chips, such as IBM's Power and Intel's new Itanium. The biggest competition, however, has come from x86 chips, including Intel's Xeon and Advanced Micro Devices' Opteron.