The ARM-based server buzz continues this week with an announcement from Secaucus, NJ-based ZT Systems. The server and PC maker unveiled the R1801e, a 1U unit with up to 16 ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores that operates at a mere 80 watts. That includes eight server modules, storage in the form of eight SSDs and dual […]
Smooth-Stone’s now Calxeda, ARM servers by 2011?
Good-bye Smooth-Stone, hello Calxeda (pronounced “Cal-Zeh-Dah”). The startup, which specializes in server designs using ARM’s low-power processor technology, is not only undergoing a name change, new staffing developments point to a company that’s gearing up to take on server vendors that have made their fortunes on Intel’s and AMD’s x86 processors. Earlier this summer, the […]
Intel on server chips: Atom out, McAfee in
SeaMicro, you’re on your own. (And it could be a good thing.) According to Intel’s vice president and general manager of its Data Center Group, Kirk Skaugen, the chipmaker won’t be making a push into the server space with its low-power Atom processor. The market for servers comprised of several Atom processors, like the ones […]
ARM’s Cortex-A15: From smartphones to green data centers
As expected, ARM officially announced its new Cortex-A chip design and in addition to specs that portend a new generation of powerhouse smartphones, it looks like ARM is finally laying the groundwork for some serious competition in the server processor space. ARM’s latest design is an upgrade in every regard, from clockspeed (up to 2.5 […]
ARM: Virtualization support coming to Cortex A
If you want more proof that ARM has data center ambitions, look no further than this article in eWeek. During the Hot Chips conference at Stanford this week, ARM’s architecture program manager, Dave Brash, said that the Cortex A, code-named Eagle, will feature virtualization support. Already, according to Brash, companies including VMware are working hypervisors […]
Is Facebook transitioning to ARM servers?
If the rumors are to be believed, a major web company is getting ready to deploy servers based on ARM’s low-power chips. According to Charlie Demerjian’s post at Semi Accurate, Facebook will be the first to make that jump. (With Smooth-Stone, perhaps?) Though mainly a designer of chips for smartphones and mobiles — essentially a […]
Smooth-Stone raises $48M for green, ARM-based servers
Smooth-Stone, an Austin, Texas-based startup that’s looking to improve data center efficiency with computer servers that feature non-traditional chip architectures, announced today that it has raised $48 million to develop ARM-based servers. The funds come from a mix of VCs and technology companies, most notably ARM, which has a vested interest in seeing its low-power […]