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MAJC, which Computerwire first revealed as a project within Sun back in June, and which Sun eventually announced in August (CI No 3,684; 3,716), is a new architecture that Sun says will be capable of processing the real-time streams of visual and audio information needed by an emerging set of new multimedia applications.
As the Microprocessor Report points out, that might be a reason to be a little skeptical about Sun's claim that the brand new MAJC chip, to be fully disclosed at the Microprocessor Forum in San Jose next month, is "the most important semiconductor architecture of the next 20 years.
Sun is claiming that MAJC will be engine for a new generation of multimedia products, that process anything from audio and video streaming to 'wire speed' voice data.
However, Ken Tallman, senior product manager for the Java3D API, confirmed that his developers had been working closely with the team that developed the MAJC chip architecture.
On Tuesday at Hot Chips, Sun Microsystems Inc's Marc Tremblay will offer a session on Sun's newly announced MAJC Microprocessor Architecture for Java Computing (CI No 3,716).