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Sun Introduces the UltraSPARC T2 Processor

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
August 7, 2007

Today, Sun introduces the UltraSPARC T2 processor, the fastest, most energy efficient microprocessor on the market.[1] By scaling performance through threading and integrating networking, security and I/O onto the processor itself, the UltraSPARC T2 processor delivers more throughput, performance, and functionality per watt than any processor in its class.

With eight cores and 64 threads, the UltraSPARC T2 processor blends high performance and low power consumption with three, essential functions on one piece of silicon: Multi-threaded 10 GbE networking, crypto acceleration, and PCI-Express I/O expansion.

“The UltraSPARC T2 makes possible a new breed of compact, power-efficient, highly integrated devices–going beyond servers to routers, switches, network devices, medical imaging, industrial printing and more,” said David Yen, executive vice president of Microelectronics for Sun.

The chip’s thrifty, energy efficient design continues Sun’s commitment to delivering eco-friendly processors, systems, programs, and services to help enterprises reduce environmental impact and energy costs.

“This is truly a system on a chip,” said Fadi Azhari, director of marketing for Microelectronics at Sun. “Nobody in the world has even a fraction of the threads we are delivering. And we’ve taken major steps with the integration of additional chip multi-threading capabilities right on the chip. When it comes to serving the thread-rich environment that’s growing out there, this is the highest performance processor in the industry.”

Throughput and Performance

Sun’s new UltraSPARC T2 processor raises the chip multi-threading (CMT) bar set in 2005 by the UltraSPARC T1 processor. The new version is unique in that it scales its performance through threading, not through increases in the clock speed, massive enlargement of the caches, or through packaging gimmicks, such as MultiChip Modules (MCMs).

“The competition is simply continuing the brute-force method of increasing clock speed and creating trade-offs between performance and power consumption,” says Azhari. “Sun’s approach with this processor line is much more holistic, based on efficient threading and the integration of key functions onto the chip itself.”

Sun’s unique, multi-threaded 10 GbE technology allows for network-interface virtualization, which helps eliminate bottlenecks when consolidating multiple applications on a single server, and assists in accelerating server-to-server communications for better rack performance.

Meanwhile, integrated, accelerated cryptography capabilities built into the chip enable virtually full security without the performance penalties usually associated with cryptography in software.

Open Source Processor

What’s more, Sun is giving developers a first look at the inner workings of the processor by releasing the OpenSPARC T2 Technology Programmer Reference Manual and the OpenSPARC T2 Technology Microarchitecture Specification through the GPL, and launching an NDA Developer Beta program. Developers will find all of these at opensparc.net.

Application Support

The chip’s 64 processor threads, multithreaded networking, and Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) Containers and Logical Domains (LDoms) make it an optimum platform for consolidation projects, allowing as many as 64 domains on a single processor.

The flexible new processor is also well-suited for a diverse set of applications, including enterprise-grade Java technology, database, and mail servers, and ERP, CRM, and HPC applications. This commodity processor is also available for OEMs. Potential embedded uses for it include network infrastructures, next-generation telco, and WiMax infrastructure and proxy servers.

Multi-threading Throughout the Stack

The new UltraSPARC T2 processor is a natural progression of Sun’s CMT efforts, which rely strongly on the multi-thread capabilities inherent in its flagship Solaris OS and associated CoolThreads technology. “We’ve thought through multi-threading at the OS level, as well as the CPU level, as well as in networking. This has been our vision for a long time,” Azhari says. “Solaris gives you the premier mission-critical operating system in the industry and it’s been multi-threaded for years.”


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com

      

Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems Set the Standard for Open Systems Computing With Fastest, Most Reliable Solaris/SPARC Servers

Co-Developed “SPARC Enterprise” Servers to Be Co-Marketed by Fujitsu and Sun


TOKYO and SANTA CLARA, CA

April 17, 2007

Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today unveiled a new line-up of co-developed servers that hold the promise of dramatically reshaping the computing market by delivering mainframe-class reliability with open systems advantages. The new servers, based on the SPARC® architecture and running the Solaris(TM) 10 operating system (OS), are the fastest SPARC servers ever, and will be marketed by both companies and affiliates under the “SPARC Enterprise” product brand. The systems are ideal for customers requiring highly scaleable, reliable servers, and needing to achieve increased system utilization and performance through virtualization. The servers leverage the powerful combination of Fujitsu’s expertise in mission-critical computing technologies and high-performance processor design, and Sun’s expertise in open, scaleable, network computing.

The SPARC Enterprise server line-up is the culmination of over two years of joint development between Fujitsu and Sun, building on their 20-year strategic relationship. The new servers address the growing customer need to maximize system utilization by offering an array of highly granular partitioning and domaining technologies. The SPARC Enterprise servers are also designed to ensure minimal downtime. They contain mainframe-class RAS (Reliability, Availability, Serviceability) features such as hot-swappable components (which includes memory and processors), redundant hardware, instruction retry, memory mirroring and extensive diagnostic and healing capabilities.

To protect customers’ existing datacenter investments, Sun guarantees 100% Solaris binary compatibility. This means Fujitsu’s PRIMEPOWER or Sun’s Sun Fire server customers can adopt the new SPARC Enterprise platform with ease and confidence, enabling them to continue to use the broad range of proven Solaris applications (the No. 1 share in the UNIX market) from the world’s top ISV/IHV providers.

“These new systems help customers tackle the world’s most challenging computing problems, whether in the back office or in high-performance computing,” said John Fowler, executive vice president of Sun’s Systems group. “And they achieve this performance while delivering mainframe reliability with the unmatched virtualization capabilities that Solaris customers expect.”

“The combination of Fujitsu’s mission-critical computing technology and Sun’s Solaris in the new SPARC Enterprise server line-up, enables us to deliver maximum business value to our customers,” said Chiaki Ito, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President, Fujitsu Limited. “Not only will they see outstanding performance, smarter resource management and reduced administrative intervention, but unparalleled levels of quality and scalability, that mean increased longevity of use and improved business growth potential.”

The new servers are already demonstrating their performance leadership. The SPARC Enterprise M8000 (16 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads) with SPARC64 VI 2.4 GHz processor running SAP ERP 2005, Oracle® Database 10g and Solaris 10 set a new world-record for the SAP SD 2-tier standard application benchmark for systems with 16 processors as of 04/17/07, achieving 7,300 SD benchmark users.*

New SPARC Enterprise Servers

The new SPARC Enterprise servers will include six models. Entry models use the UltraSPARC(TM) T1 processor developed by Sun Microsystems. Mid-range and high-end models use the SPARC64 VI processor developed by Fujitsu. These systems deliver up to 50 percent more performance than current SPARC-based servers. All the new servers run the Solaris 10 operating system.

Both Fujitsu branded and Sun branded SPARC Enterprise servers will be marketed worldwide. All other features are identical. The systems are available today.


About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information.


About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

*The SAP SD standard SAP ERP 2005 application benchmark performed on March 28, 2007 by Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems in Walldorf, Germany has been certified with the following data:

Number of benchmark users & comp.: 7,300 SD (Sales & Distribution) Average dialog response time: 1.98 seconds Throughput: Fully Processed Order Line items/hour: 731,330 Dialog steps/hour: 2,194,000 SAPS: 36,570 Average DB request time (dia/upd): 0.018 sec / 0.041 sec CPU utilization of central server: 99% Operating System central server: Solaris 10 RDBMS: Oracle 10g SAP ECC Release: 6.0 Configuration: Central server: SPARC Enterprise Server Model M8000, 16 processors / 32 cores / 64 threads, SPARC64 VI, 2.4 GHz, 256 KB L1 cache per core, 6 MB L2 cache per processor, 256 GB main memory

The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can be found at the following web page: www.sap.com/benchmark.

      

New Fujitsu Solaris/SPARC Servers Reflect Commitment to Industry’s Broadest Choice of Platforms, Best Services From a Single Vendor

SUNNYVALE, CA

April 17, 2007

Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation today discussed how the addition of its new SPARC Enterprise(TM) servers deliver on the Fujitsu strategy and commitment to offering the broadest choice of platforms and the best customer service in the industry. The new servers, announced in a separate release today (“Fujitsu and Sun Microsystems Set the Standard for Open Systems Computing With Fastest, Most Reliable Solaris/SPARC Servers”) increase the breadth of Fujitsu technology solutions, which include tightly integrated, pre-tested solutions that solve their customers’ most challenging business issues and help them lower total cost of ownership as they plan for the future.

“The new high-performance SPARC Enterprise servers represent another major milestone for our strategy, designed to solve the most complex real-world challenges of our customers through flexible, highly reliable hardware and software that leverage the latest integration, virtualization, and automation technologies,” said Richard McCormack, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation. “We surround these solutions with the absolute dedication of our service professionals to customer success and to meeting or exceeding environmentally friendly regulations. In the end, it’s all about enabling customers to choose the right technology for their specific needs, while giving them the confidence that every solution they choose will deploy and function as expected, and every issue that arises will be resolved.”

Interoperability Increases Choice

SPARC Enterprise servers running Solaris(TM) 10 deliver a level of performance that will likely reshape the open systems computing market, and Fujitsu has made it easy to deploy the new servers into existing infrastructures. SPARC Enterprise servers have been fully tested to be 100 percent interoperable with the Fujitsu line of PRIMEPOWER® servers and ETERNUS® storage solutions, as well as 100 percent compatible with the complete Fujitsu line of software solutions for business and IT management, including the Interstage Suite for legacy modernization and enterprise compliance management, the CentraSite® SOA registry and repository, Systemwalker® enterprise management software, and PRIMECLUSTER® clustering technology for independent monitoring and immediate response to system and component failures.

For customers relying on other platforms, Fujitsu continues to drive innovation with its Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor-packed PRIMEQUEST® server line for high-end, mission-critical Windows® and Linux-based applications, and its PRIMERGY® family of tower, rack, and blade servers for industry-standard Windows and Linux-based deployments.

Beyond Solutions

Customer choice cannot exist without customer satisfaction, and Fujitsu goes far beyond simply delivering solutions based on innovative technologies by making customer success the key objective of every customer encounter. Fujitsu treats each customer as a full business partner, helping them resolve the technology issues that prevent them from fully leveraging their IT investments, even if the problem is not with products sold by Fujitsu. Concern for customers and the world we live in has prompted Fujitsu to pursue one of the most aggressive environmental strategies in the industry. All covered Fujitsu products manufactured after January 1, 2007 meet or exceed the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) acts passed by the European Union and California. Fujitsu is also expanding its end-of-life IT products-recycling service to nine locations in six countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, the US, and multiple countries in Southeast Asia.


About Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Fujitsu Computer Systems is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) committed to the design, development and delivery of advanced computer systems, application infrastructure software products, and managed services for the business enterprise. Through its TRIOLE庐 strategy, the company offers a complete line of scalable and reliable servers, storage and middleware solutions, high-performance mobile and client computers, as well as professional services. Fujitsu Computer Systems has established itself as a strategic solutions provider to the world’s leading organizations by offering technology innovation, customer choice, exceptional product quality and reliability, as well as outstanding customer service. See http://us.fujitsu.com/computers for further information.


About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information.

Fujitsu, the Fujitsu logo, ETERNUS, PRIMEQUEST, PRIMEPOWER, PRIMECLUSTER, and TRIOLE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Fujitsu Limited in the United States and other countries. PRIMERGY is a trademark or registered trademark of Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH in the United States and other countries. CentraSite is a trademark or registered trademark jointly owned by Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation and Software AG in the United States and other countries. Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Windows is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Solaris is a trademark or registered trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc, in the U.S. and other countries, and is used under license. SPARC is a trademark used under license from SPARC International, Inc. of the U.S.A. SPARC Enterprise is a trademark or registered trademark jointly used by Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH and Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries, under license from SPARC International, Inc. of the U.S.A. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owners.

The statements provided herein are for informational purposes only and may be amended or altered by Fujitsu Computer Systems Corporation without notice or liability. Product description data represents Fujitsu design objectives and is provided for comparative purposes; actual results may vary based on a variety of factors. Specifications are subject to change without notice.

      

Sun Sets New World Records With Enhanced UltraSPARC IV+ Servers Running Solaris

Sun Boosts Performance On UltraSPARC Servers, Show Sun’s UltraSPARC Leadership

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
April 3, 2007

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced the availability of faster 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz UltraSPARC(R) IV+ processors for its popular Sun Fire servers. New Sun Fire servers with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz processors offer world record performance, easy application portability and industry leading investment protection. The new servers are powered by the Solaris Operating System (OS), which delivers customers unbroken binary compatibility, thus ensuring that existing applications will run on the new UltraSPARC IV+ processors without the need to re-code or re-compile.

According to industry analyst reports, Sun has gained market share for four consecutive quarters. SPARC-based systems represent a significant portion of that growth and the new 1.95GHz and 2.1 GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors demonstrate Sun’s ongoing commitment to improving the performance of the SPARC architecture and the protection of customer investment.

“SPARC, with Solaris, is the engine that drives our server business, and we’re committed to continual improvements on our SPARC-based products,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems Group, Sun Microsystems. “The growing demand for UltraSPARC IV+ servers has helped Sun build tremendous market momentum in our systems line-up, and steal significant market share at the expense of our competitors.”

Sun Sets New World Records

The Sun Fire E2900 with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95 GHz (US-IV+1.95GHz) set a new world-record for a single application server, with a Sun Fire T2000 as the database server, on SPECjAppServer2004 achieving >1781 JOPS – the highest 2-node result performance record to date. The Sun Fire (US-IV+1.95GHz) uses six Solaris containers which – through consolidation – improves datacenter efficiency and promotes higher levels of system utilization.1

The Sun Fire E6900 (24 processors, 48 cores, 48 threads) with UltraSPARC IV+ 1.95GHz set a new world-record for the SAP-SD 2-Tier Standard Application benchmark for systems with 24 or fewer processors as of 04/02/07, achieving 6160 users.2

Sun Fire UltraSPARC IV+ servers now own over 75 world-record benchmarks.

The Sun Fire V490, V890, E2900, E4900, E6900, E20K and E25K servers, powered by new 1.95GHz and 2.1GHz UltraSPARC IV+ processors have up to 2x the life of comparable IBM servers and up to 1/3 better TCO.

When compared to previous generations, the new UltraSPARC IV+ processor has shown 2X performance over the UltraSPARC IV and 5X performance over the UltraSPARC III.

Sun Fire UltraSPARC platforms are designed to help customers with CRM, business intelligence/data warehousing, and enterprise applications using large databases. The systems are ideal for virtualization environments using a combination of fault isolated hard partitions and flexible Solaris Containers. Solaris 10 Containers can consolidate and virtualize hundreds of applications on a single system so customers save in energy, space and complexity. Solaris Container management is superior to HP and IBM partitioning strategies as it requires less overhead, while providing resource flexibility down to a single processor.

For more information on Sun’s UltraSPARC IV+ processor line, please visit: http://www.sun.com/servers/index.jsp?cat=Sun%20Fire%20Midrange%20Servers&tab=3&subcat=Sun%20UltraSPARC%20IV%2b/IV

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, UltraSPARC, Solaris, and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

1. SPECjAppServer2004
1 Sun Fire E2900 (24 cores, 12 chips) and 1 Sun Fire T2000 (8 cores, 1 chip) 1781.37 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
6 HP DL380 (12 cores, 12 chips) and 1 HP rx8620 (16 cores, 16 chips) 1664.36 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
5 IBM xSeries 365 (20 cores, 20 chips) and 2 IBM xSeries 365 (8 cores, 8 chips) 1343.47
SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
1 HP rx6600 (8 cores, 4 chips) and 1 HP rx8620 (16 cores, 16 chips) 1266.42 SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
5 Sun Fire X4100 (20 cores, 10 chips) and 1 Sun Fire E6900 (32 cores, 16 chips) 1781.47
SPECjAppServer2004 JOPS@Standard.
SPEC, SPECjAppServer reg tm of Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.
Results from www.spec.org as of 04/03/2007.

2. Two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) standard SAP ERP 2004/2005 application benchmark: Sun Fire E6900, 24 processors / 48 cores / 48 threads, UltraSPARC IV+, 1950 MHz, 128 KB(D) + 128 KB(I) L1 cache, 2 MB L2 cache on-chip, 32 MB L3 cache off-chip, 96 GB main memory. Number of benchmark users & comp.: 6,160 SD (Sales & Distribution) Average dialog response time: 1.99 seconds Throughput: Fully Processed Order Line items/hour: 616,330 Dialog steps/hour: 1,849,000 SAPS: 30,820 Average DB request time (dia/upd): 0.018 sec / 0.033 sec CPU utilization of central server: 99% Operating System central server: Solaris 10 RDBMS: Oracle 10g SAP ECC Release: 6.0. The SAP certification number was not available at press time and can be found at the following Web page: www.sap.com/benchmark.

HP Integrity Superdome-16 (16 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads) 16 x 1.6 GHz Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 9050, 256GB memory, 5,600 SD benchmark users, 1.91s avg resp time, Cert#2006090, SQL Server 2005, Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition; Unisys Enterprise Server Model ES7000/one (16 processors, 32 cores, 64 threads) 16 x 1.6 GHz Dual-Core

Intel Itanium 2 9050, 256GB memory, 4,884 SD benchmark users, 1.93s avg resp time, Cert#2006091, SQL Server 2005, Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition; IBM System p5 570 (16 processors, 16 cores, 32 threads) 16 x 2.2 GHz POWER5+, 128 GB memory, 5,520 SD benchmark users, 1.97s avg resp time, Cert#2006044, DB2 UDB 8.2.2, AIX 5.3; Fujitsu PRIMEQUEST 480 (32 procs, 32 cores, 32 threads) 32 x 1.6 GHz Intel Itanium 2, 256 GB memory, 5,000 SD benchmark users, 1.97s avg resp time, Cert#2006023, Oracle 9i, SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9;SAP, R/3, mySAP reg TM of SAP AG in Germany and other countries. More info www.sap.com/benchmark.

      

Sun Expands Solaris/SPARC CMT Innovation Leadership

Sun Completes Tape Out of “Rock” SPARC Processor And Enhances UltraSPARC T1-Based Systems

SANTA CLARA, Calif.
January 18, 2008

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) today announced two advances that demonstrate its continued leadership in chip multi-threading (CMT) and commitment to advancing the SPARC architecture. Sun successfully completed the tapeout (initial design completion for first fabrication) of its new “Rock” processor and announced that it’s enhancing the performance, expandability and performance per watt of its Sun Fire T2000 servers.

“SPARC CMT and the Solaris Operating System (OS) are the foundations of Sun’s business today and in the future,” said John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems, Sun Microsystems. “The UltraSPARC(R) T1 chip put us way ahead of the competition in multi-core, multi-threaded processing, and generated tremendous interest in our SPARC products among customers. Now with Rock we’re expanding CMT to the high-end. We’ll be able to deliver the most optimized platform for high-end Solaris based applications, and offer industry-changing improvements in price performance across the entire datacenter.”

Sun’s New CMT Products

Rock and the enhanced Sun Fire T2000 servers continue Sun’s leadership in CMT.

  • Rock: The “Rock” processor is Sun’s next-generation, high-end SPARC CMT product line, and its design is focused on delivering the performance and energy efficiency of CMT technology to high-end systems. The successful completion of this critical milestone helps keep Sun on track to deliver the first Rock-based systems in the second half of calendar 2008.
  • Sun Fire T2000 enhancements: Sun is enhancing the performance, expandability and performance per watt of its Sun Fire T2000 servers with support for 64 GB of memory and the new faster 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T1 processor. By offering 64 GB of memory in both existing and new systems, Sun is able to improve performance of memory-bound applications by up to 20 percent while enabling the T2000 servers to handle larger workloads and greater levels of application consolidation.

    The 1.4GHz UltraSPARC T1 processor has already demonstrated up to 30 percent higher throughput than the existing 1.2GHz processor, while also extending Sun’s leadership in datacenter performance and efficiency by delivering 2x higher performance, 5x higher performance per watt and 9x SWaP than current competitive systems. These enhancements enable customers to break through the power, cooling and space limitations that blight many datacenters today, to serve millions of new customers while saving millions of dollars in operational costs.

It is important to note that Sun is also making great progress on the Niagara 2 silicon, and is on target to deliver systems in the second half of calendar 2007.

Sun’s CMT Leadership

In 2006, the SPARC product line enjoyed significantly increased revenue growth with the UltraSPARC T1. A year after the launch, the UltraSPARC T1-based T1000 and T2000 servers, running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS), now represent more than $100 million in revenue per fiscal quarter, for Sun, and have played a key role in helping Sun achieve three straight quarters of server revenue growth, according to the most recent IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker.

Sun continues to invest aggressively in CMT innovation, and remains on track to deliver the benefits of CMT technology across its entire product line – from entry level to high end – in the second half of calendar 2008.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

A singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer” — guides Sun in the development of technologies that power the world’s most important markets. Sun’s philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire, Solaris, and the Network is the Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding the future results and performance of Sun Microsystems, Inc., including statements regarding Sun’s commitment to advancing the SPARC architecture; the belief that SPARC CMT and Solaris are the foundations of Sun’s business today and in the future; delivering the first Rock-based systems in the second half of calendar 2008; delivering its enhanced Sun Fire T2000 servers in the second half of calendar 2007; and delivering the benefits of CMT technology across its entire product line in the second half of calendar 2008. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and actual results could differ materially from those predicted in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in our projections and forward-looking statements include: increased competition; failure to rapidly and successfully develop and introduce new products; our reliance on single-source suppliers; risks associated with our ability to purchase a sufficient amount of components to meet demand; inventory risks; risks associated with our international customers and operations; delays in product development or customer acceptance and implementation of new products and technologies; and our dependence on significant customers and specific industries. Please also refer to Sun’s periodic reports that are filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006 and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2006. Sun assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update these forward-looking statements.