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April 14, 1992


By CBR Staff Writer

Within the next few weeks, Sparc International Inc is going to release the next iteration of its interface definition for the Sparc RISC architecture. Version 9 will include all the specifications that must be adhered to for those designing and implementing 64-bit Sparc technology. Version 9 is based on work being done by a team headed by Dave Ditzel down at the Sun Laboratories Inc research and development outfit. Although Sun has re-iterated that it won’t be doing a 64-bit Sparc implementation itself for at least the next three years – there is no need for it yet – the company is seeking to define the space in which some are already working – Hal Computer Systems Inc for one. Anil Gadre, Sun Microsystems Computer Corp’s vice-president of systems product marketing, told our sister paper Unigram.X last week that it has a 64-bit part it is playing with, but that there are no operating system or applications up and running on it as yet. Sparc International, which is currently at version 8 of the Sparc interface definition, said the 64-bit stuff in version 9 will be just the tip of the iceberg, and that it would be putting out the new specifications relatively soon: it still has to go and dig up the stuff from down at Sun Labs.

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