Corporate Overview


SPARC International, Inc. (“SI”) was created in 1989 as an independent, not-for-profit organization to oversee and guide the SPARC evolution. Our IP consists of the SPARC Instruction Set Architecture, SPARC trademarks, and SPARC derivative TM’s. SI is funded primarily by its loyal members, demonstrating steadfast support of SPARC architecture and its Open Standards technology.

SI fosters innovation of SPARC by offering testing and branding programs and by promoting and protecting SPARC and SPARC-related brand names. Annual membership fees allow us to support this openly and cooperatively defined technology and to ensure that SPARC maintains continuity with the industry standards of binary compatibility. It is our sole responsibility to clarify these definitions, which are available to download for free on this web site. You do not have to be a member to download. However, becoming a member enables you to test and brand products based on the SPARC architecture.

Today, SPARC continues as one of the foundation architectures in the computer industry.  SPARC architecture has proven to be the most widely accepted technology for systems in the financial, academic, industrial, mission critical, and Internet markets.  SPARC is the logical choice for demanding embedded applications because SPARC development environments streamline the creation of complex designs on short time lines.  With more than two million developers and over 30,000 applications, the SPARC community ranks among the world’s largest, while SPARC definitions continue to demonstrate the exceptional versatility of open architecture.

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