Sun Microsystems, Texas Instruments Celebrate 15 Years of Innovations

10/14/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Texas Instruments, Inc. (NYSE: TXN) announced their 15-year anniversary by highlighting the milestones and future technologies that have made Sun and TI world leaders in processor innovation. Sun and TI's 15-year alliance, one of the longest in the technology industry, coincides with the announcement of UltraSPARC(r) IV by Sun and a strained silicon process by TI - two of the many achievements made possible by the partnership.

"The longevity of the Sun/TI alliance and the work it has produced is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the people involved," said Dr. David Yen, executive vice president, Processor and Network Products group, Sun Microsystems. "This symbiotic relationship has allowed both companies to focus their energy on what they do best. For TI, it is developing and manufacturing state-of-the-art process technology and for Sun, it is designing and marketing cutting-edge processors."

Both companies reap significant business benefits from the strategic agreement. TI is able to apply its learnings in 64-bit manufacturing to the development of high-speed I/O ASICs, digital signal processors (DSPs) and DSP-based product lines. All the while, Sun is allowed the opportunity to remain focused on its core competency of designing leading-edge systems without having to build and maintain silicon wafer fabrication facilities.

"This is truly a synergistic relationship for Sun and TI," adds Hunter Ward, Enterprise Products business manager and SPARC engineering manager at TI. "Sun drives our leading-edge process technology from a performance perspective, which enhances our high-performance ASIC business and waterfalls down into our other products over time. Concurrently, we share with Sun lessons learned in producing our very high-volume, low-cost, low-power DSP products."

The Sun/TI relationship, forged in 1988, has led to the design and fabrication of six generations of SPARC(r) processors and several industry firsts, including the first 64-bit microprocessor produced with the 130 nanometer (nm) process. Additionally, Sun and TI are jointly enabling the future of Throughput Computing, Sun's breakthrough strategy for its UltraSPARC roadmap.

Sun/TI partnership milestones:

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated is the world leader in digital signal processing and analog technologies, the semiconductor engines of the Internet age. In addition to Semiconductor, the company's businesses also include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing or sales operations in more than 25 countries.

Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, and The Network is the Comptuer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the US and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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