It apparently plans to integrate
the Montalvo technology into its own processors to what effect remains to be
seen. Popular wisdom thinks Sun’s interest has nothing to do with x86
According to Cnet, where Montalvo
chief system architect and patent holder Peter Glaskowsky blogs, two of
Montalvo’s cores are designed to run high-powered applications, the other two
take less energy, sort of like the Cell chip.
The three-year-old Montalvo
reportedly couldn’t get its chip built without another $100 million on top of
the $73 million at least that it already got and cut two-thirds of its cash-burning
200- or 300-man staff a few weeks ago.
The Register claims Sun only paid
an immaterial $5 million for the Montalvo property.
Its funding came from NEA-IndoUS
Ventures and Bay Partners.
Montalvo’s CEO is Matt Perry, now a two-time loser having been the CEO of Transmeta, another Intel wannabe.