Qualcomm Making ARM-Based Server ICs
Qualcomm is advertising for software engineers to develop ‘architecture/design and system prototypes of Qualcomm’s new ARMv8-based server SOC ASICs for the power optimized server market.”
At the moment, the only companies shipping ARM-based server chips are Calxeda and Marvell but these are based on 32bit ARM cores.
A number of other companies including Cavium, Nvidia, Samsung, Applied Micro and AMD – and now, it seems Qualcomm – are working on ARM-based ICs for servers.
Earlier this month, ARM server cores had a boost from Facebook by being added to Facebook’s Open Compute Project.
This means that Facebook and other server customers will buy servers from companies which use both x86 processors and ARM processors.
The Open Compute Project includes the goal of a ‘common slot architecture’ which means that server manufacturers can use x86 or ARM processors interchangeably.