Sun finds new source for chips

Server giant Sun Microsystems has tapped Taiwanese chipmaker United Microelectronics to build some of its low-end CPUs currently made by Texas Instruments, but products from the new alliance won't emerge for months.UMC, a contract chipmaker, will build versions of Sun's UltraSparc IIe "Hummingbird" chip, said Sue Kunz, director of marketing and business development for Sun's processor products group.

Server giant Sun Microsystems has tapped Taiwanese chipmaker United Microelectronics to build some of its low-end CPUs currently made by Texas Instruments, but products from the new alliance won't emerge for months.

UMC, a contract chipmaker, will build versions of Sun's UltraSparc IIe "Hummingbird" chip, said Sue Kunz, director of marketing and business development for Sun's processor products group. The chip is used in Sun workstations and low-end servers and in networking equipment from other companies who buy Sun's chips. --Stephan Shankland, Special to ZDNet News

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