Sun Microsystems has announced it has completed the acquisition of Afara Websystems, hoping to improve its UltraSPARC line of processors.
Sun first revealed plans to acquire Afara last month. Afara has been working on SPARC-based chip designs and planned to produce IP (Internet Protocol) traffic management systems that would help service providers deliver QoS (quality of service) to customers on IP networks.
David Yen, vice president of Sun's processor products group, hinted during the news conference that Afara's technology might be targeted at accelerating tasks such as Internet traffic management and other networking functions.
Although Sun sells the vast majority of SPARC-based systems, any company can license the SPARC (Scalable Processor Architecture) instruction set from SPARC International, a non-profit organisation. Companies such as Fujitsu Microelectronics America also make SPARC processors.
Sun has acquired all the outstanding stock of Afara and hired most of the company's employees in the deal, according to a Sun statement released on Tuesday. The Afara Web site now serves as a place holder with contact information.