This category holds links on open source aspects and versions of SPARC processors. SPARC is an acronym for Scalable Processor ARChitecture. It is a RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computing) design created and licensed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. RISC work began at Sun in 1984, by Bill Joy and Dave Patterson, and the first SPARC was introduced in 1987. It is widely licensed and used.

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OpenSPARC.net
Sun Microsystems initiative to create open source community and participation in processor architecture development; news, documents, analysis, downloads.
Gaisler Research AB
Provides IP cores, supporting development tools for embedded processors based on SPARC architecture. Key product: LEON synthesizable processor model, full development environment, and library of IP cores, GRLIB. Göteborg, Sweden.
LEON2FT Notes
Functional SPARC compatible processor core. Fault tolerant version of LEON2, derived from LEON-1 integer unit, implemented as highly configurable, synthesizable VHDL model. Runs on Altera, Mietec, Temic MG2, Xilinx. Designed for outer space uses. Open source, GPL. European Space Agency, ESA.
OpenSPARC
Main Sun pages on project: links, articles, documents, FAQ, contest.
Simply RISC
Designs and supports open-source RISC processors, systems, peripherals; sells S1 Core, a 64-bit Wishbone-compliant CPU Core based on reduced Sun Microsystems OpenSPARC T1 microprocessor. Catania, Italy; Bristol, UK.
Free SPARC VHDL Model Available
Announcement of open source LEON SPARC architecture; Google Groups. (October 07, 1999)
Sun Releases Complete Chip Design for Free
Download full MicroSPARC-IIep design for free under terms of Sun Community Source License. [CNET News.com] (September 14, 1999)
Sun Extends Community Source Licensing to Chip Architectures
Sun Microsystems announces: for research uses, it extends its new Community Source Licensing model to picoJava and SPARC architectures; the first time a company made major microprocessor intellectual property available via open licensing. (March 02, 1999)
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