Sun Ultra series

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Sun Ultra 1 workstation
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The Sun Ultra series refers to two distinct generations of workstation and server computers developed and sold by Sun Microsystems.

The original Ultra workstations and the Ultra Enterprise (later, simply Enterprise) servers were UltraSPARC-based systems produced from 1995 to 2001, replacing the earlier SPARCstation and SPARCcenter/SPARCserver series respectively. This introduced the 64-bit UltraSPARC processor and in later versions, lower-cost PC-derived technology, such as the PCI and ATA buses (the initial Ultra 1 and 2 models retained the SBus of their predecessors). The original Ultra/Enterprise series itself was later replaced by the Sun Blade (workstations) and Sun Fire (servers) ranges.

The original Ultra range were sold during the dot com boom, and became one of the biggest selling series of computers ever developed by Sun Microsystems. Many companies and organisations (including Sun Microsystems) still[when?] rely on Sun Ultra products.

The Ultra brand was later revived in 2005 with the launch of the Ultra 20 and Ultra 40 based on AMD Opteron CPUs, albeit to some confusion, as these "Ultra" workstations are not UltraSPARC-based systems, but are based on x86-64-architecture processors (where Sun uses the term "x64"). The SPARC based Ultra 3 Mobile Workstation laptop was released in 2005 as well, but it would prove to be a short lived design (was retired next year), while the new Ultra 25 and Ultra 45 desktop UltraSPARC IIIi based systems were introduced in 2006. However, in October 2008, Sun discontinued these, effectively ending the production of SPARC architecture workstations. x64 based Ultra systems remained in Sun portfolio for two more years; the last one (Intel Xeon based Ultra 27) was retired in June 2010, thereby concluding the history of Sun as a workstation vendor.

Sun Ultra models[edit]

Ultra workstations (1995-2001)[edit]

Model Code Codename Processor(s) Processor MHz
Ultra 1 A11 Neutron UltraSPARC I 143, 167
Ultra 1E A12 Electron UltraSPARC I 143, 167, 200
Ultra 2 A14 Pulsar Up to two UltraSPARC I or II 143, 167, 200, 300, 400
Ultra 30 A16 Quark UltraSPARC II 250, 300
Ultra 3000 A17 Duraflame Up to six UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400
Ultra 4000 A18 Campfire Up to 14 UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400
Ultra 450 A20 Tazmo Up to 4 UltraSPARC II 400
Ultra 5 A21 Otter UltraSPARC IIi 270, 333, 360, 400 (440 works, but is unsupported)
Ultra 10 A22 Sea Lion UltraSPARC IIi 300, 333, 360, 440
Ultra 60 A23 Deuterium Up to two UltraSPARC II 300, 360 or 450 (400 works, but is unsupported)
Ultra 80 A27 Quasar Up to 4 UltraSPARC II 450

Ultra Enterprise/Enterprise servers[edit]

See also: Sun Enterprise

Entry-level[edit]

Model Code Codename Processor(s) Processor MHz
UltraServer 1
Ultra Enterprise 1
A11 Neutron UltraSPARC I 143 or 167
UltraServer 1E
Ultra Enterprise 1E
A12 Electron UltraSPARC I 143, 167, 200
UltraServer 2
Ultra Enterprise 2
A14 Pulsar Up to two UltraSPARC I or II 143, 167, 200, 300
Ultra Enterprise 150 E150 Dublin UltraSPARC I 167
Enterprise Ultra 5S A21 Otter UltraSPARC IIi 270, 333, 360, 400
Enterprise Ultra 10S A22 Sea Lion UltraSPARC IIi 300, 333, 360, 440
Enterprise 450 A25 Tazmax Up to 4 UltraSPARC II 250, 300, 400, 480
Enterprise 250 A26 Javelin Up to two UltraSPARC II 250, 300, 400
Enterprise 420R A33 Quahog Up to 4 UltraSPARC II 450
Enterprise 220R A34 Razor Up to two UltraSPARC II 360, 450

Note: the Enterprise 220R is an Ultra 60 motherboard in a rackable server chassis with hot-swappable power supplies. Similarly, the Enterprise 420R is an Ultra 80 motherboard in a server chassis.

Mid-range and high-end[edit]

Model Code Codename Processor(s) Processor MHz
Ultra Enterprise 3000 E3000 Duraflame Up to six UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464*
Ultra Enterprise 4000 E4000 Campfire Up to 14 UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464*
Ultra Enterprise 5000 E5000 Campfire Up to 14 UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464*
Ultra Enterprise 6000 E6000 Sunfire Up to 30 UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464*
Enterprise 3500 E3500 Duraflame+ Up to eight UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464
Enterprise 4500 E4500 Campfire+ Up to 14 UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464
Enterprise 5500 E5500 Campfire+ Up to 14 UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464
Enterprise 6500 E6500 Sunfire+ Up to 30 UltraSPARC I or II 167, 250, 336, 400, 464
Enterprise 10000 E10000 Starfire 4 to 64 UltraSPARC II 250, 336, 400, 466
  • = available as upgrade option only

Ultra workstations (2005-2010)[edit]

UltraSPARC[edit]

Model Code Codename Processor(s) Processor freq.
Ultra 3 A60/A61 ? UltraSPARC IIi or IIIi 550 MHz, 650 MHz, 1.28 GHz
Ultra 45 A70 Chicago Up to two UltraSPARC IIIi 1.6 GHz
Ultra 25 A89 South Side UltraSPARC IIIi 1.34 GHz

x86[edit]

Model Code Codename Processor(s) Processor freq.
Ultra 20 A63 Marrakesh AMD Opteron Dual Core 144, 148 or 180 1.8, 2.2, 2.6, 3.0 GHz
Ultra 40 A71 Sirius Up to two AMD Opteron Dual Core 246, 254 or 280 2.0, 2.4, 2.8 GHz
Ultra 40 M2 A83 Stuttgart AMD Opteron Dual Core 2000 Series 1.8, 2.2, 2.6, 2.8, 3.0 GHz
Ultra 20 M2 A88 Munich AMD Opteron Dual Core 1200 series 1.8, 2.2, 2.6, 2.8, 3.0 GHz
Ultra 24 B21 Ursa Intel Core 2 Duo/Quad/Quad Extreme 2.0, 2.2, 2.4, 2.66, 3.0, 3.16 GHz
Ultra 27 B27 Volans Intel Xeon Quad Core 3500 series 2.66, 2.93, 3.20, 3.33 GHz

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