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Solaris™ Application Programming by Darryl Gove

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Chapter 2. The SPARC Family

Chapter Objectives

This chapter discusses the SPARC architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc., and the characteristics of the various processors that implement that architecture. The chapter describes features of the architecture and assembly language. By the end of the chapter, the reader will understand how to read SPARC assembly language, and the characteristics of the various SPARC-compliant processors that are available.

The UltraSPARC Family

History of the SPARC Architecture

Sun Microsystems, Inc., initially shipped systems based on Motorola processors, but quickly developed the Scalable Processor Architecture (SPARC). Sun developed the SPARC architecture from 1983–1985, resulting in the 32-bit SPARC Version ...

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