Samsung developing ARM-based server chips
| by Ramkumar Iyer |
Samsung is planning to launch its own server chips based on the ARM architecture. According to a report by the Seoul Economic Daily, the South Korea-based company intends to come out with a low-power, multi-core ARM chips for micro-servers sometime in 2014. Moreover, the company will launch high-performance multi-core ARM chips for Windows 8 later this year.
ARM-based server chips by Samsung coming soon
The report states that the timing of Samsung's planned server processor implies that the company is working on a chip based on ARM v8 architecture. “The conglomerate already introduced Exynos 5250, a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 system-on-chip for mobile applications, late last year and based on its capabilities, adding ECC memory support and some other server-specific things would quickly make the SoC suitable for micro-servers. Therefore, it is natural to imply that Samsung is working on a 64-bit multi-core ARMv8 processor specifically designed for server applications that is due around two years from now,” the report reads.
Apart from Samsung, there are a number of companies that are developing server chips using the ARM architecture, including Applied Micro, Calxdela, Nvidia, and others. According to the report, adding server-specific functionality to chips many not be a problem, but what remains to be seen is how powerful such microprocessors will be to compete against x86 in terms of raw performance.
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