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None of the standard virtualization tools (like VMware) do emulation, so you can't change CPU types. No way to use them to run VMware for x86 and manage a SPARC OS.
I don't think any of them run on SPARC so that you can do sparc/sparc virtualization via Software.
You can use LDOMs on sparc to run separate machines, but I don't think that will directly help you with Solaris 8 support.
Finally, there's stuff like QEMU that does do hardware emulation, so you could run a SPARC image on an x86 architecture. I've never tried to run one.