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Oracle Unveils 'World's Fastest Chip' in Bid to Save Sun Biz

Oracle's new SPARC T5-4 Server, which uses the new SPARC T5 3.6 GHz processor
Oracle's new SPARC T5-4 Server, which uses the new SPARC T5 3.6 GHz processorSource: Oracle

A bit more than a decade ago, the release of a new Sparc chip from Sun Microsystems would inspire heavy breathing from the computing elite. Because dot-coms, Wall Street firms, and telecommunications companies relied so heavily on Sun’s servers, a new Sparc chip meant to some degree that the entire Internet would run faster.

A lot has happened in 10 years. Nonetheless, Larry Ellison, chief executive officer of Oracle and acquirer of Sun in 2010, found himself on Tuesday heralding the glories of a new Sun microprocessor. The chip, Ellison said during a speech at Oracle’s Silicon Valley headquarters, is the fastest in the world. It will fuel Oracle’s new server lines, and as a result Oracle’s databases and applications will run more quickly than ever before. (Oracle rolled out a fog machine and light show for a bit of razzle-dazzle.)