The new T5 SPARC processor is a step up from the T4 that Oracle announced in September of 2011.
Marshall Choy, Oracle’s director of systems and business planning, explained to ServerWatch that Oracle is now positioning the T4 as the entry level for SPARC systems. The T5, which will be available in a single-socket blade as well as two-, four- and eight-socket rack server configurations, is set to be the mid-range of Oracle’s server portfolio.
The M5 will represent the high-end SPARC system with a 32-socket server system. Both the T5 and the M4 are derived from the same S3 core SPARC . The T5 has 16 cores per processor, while the M5 has a six-core architecture and a larger memory cache.