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Sun Blade (workstation)

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Sun Blade 1500 workstation
Sun Blade 1000 workstation

The Sun Blade series is a computer workstation line based on the UltraSPARC microprocessor family, developed and sold by Sun Microsystems from 2000 to 2006. The range replaced the earlier Sun Ultra workstation series.

The Sun Blade 1000, introduced in October 2000, was the first system to use Fireplane as the interconnect between its single or dual processors and the I/O subsystem, a few months ahead of its use in the new Sun Fire server product line.

The 1500/2500 series came in two variants, the earlier "red" series, and the later "silver" series. The "silver" series were enhanced versions of the "red" series - a faster CPU being the key differentiator.

The Sun Blade series was supplanted by the Sun Java Workstation line in 2004.

The product line's name was not a reference to "blade server" systems, a term not yet in common use in 2000. In 2006, Sun did introduce an unrelated "Sun Blade" blade server product line.


Sun Blade 100 workstation (desktop form factor), missing its front badge
Model Code Codename Processor(s) Processor MHz Solaris supported
1000 A28 Excalibur Up to two UltraSPARC III or UltraSPARC III Cu 600, 750, 900 (1200 works, but is unsupported) 8 10/00 to 11 Express
2000 A29 Up to two UltraSPARC III Cu 900, 1015, 1050, 1200 8 2/02 to 11 Express
100 A36 Grover UltraSPARC IIe 500 8 10/00 to 10 1/13
2500 A39 Enchilada Up to two UltraSPARC IIIi 1280 8 5/03 to 10 1/13
2500 Silver A39 Enchilada Up to two UltraSPARC IIIi 1600 8 2/04 to 10 1/13
150 A41 Grover Plus UltraSPARC IIi 550, 650 8 2/02 to 10 1/13
1500 A43 Taco UltraSPARC IIIi 1062 8 5/03 to 11 Express
1500 Silver A43 Taco UltraSPARC IIIi 1503 8 2/04 to 11 Express
  • "Sun Systems List". Archived from the original on 2007-10-26.
  • Oracle Legacy Product Documentation: Workstations
  • Sun System Handbook, v2.1

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