Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Imagination Targetting Servers
Imagination Intends to bring out a CPU for servers next year. The chip will be based on the MIPS architecture and will be aimed at low power hyperscale servers which are increasingly being required by big server farm operators like Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
Imagination bought MIPS for $100 million last year. “We didn’t acquire MIPS for the hell of it,” says Sir Hossein Yassaie, Imagination’s CEO, “the intent with MIPS is to cover all the markets where a CPU is relevant.”
Yassaie is preparing for a long-term play in servers. It was a seven year gestation for ARM from planning a server strategy to getting some revenues from server chips. “For us to be a significant player it will take several years,” says Yassaie.
For one thing, he’s got to find manufacturers willing to build Imagination CPUs into server ICs in a market dominated by x86.
But, post MIPS, Yassaie setting his sights high. “We are aiming to have 25 per cent market share of the CPU IP market,” he says.Tags: cpus, facebook, Microsoft, mips architecture, servers