ST takes on AMD and Intel in the datacenter

ST takes on AMD and Intel in the datacenter

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By eeNews Europe

Intel and AMD dominate the datacenter with x86 processors, but AMD announced today it is licensing the ARM technology for datacenter chips, using arrays of ARM cores with its Radeon GPU cores.
ARM’s 64bit Cortex A57 core, also launched today, provides higher performance than today’s A15 cores and chips will come to market in 2013 and 2014 on 28nm and 20nm processes as well as 16nm FinFet technology. Both ST and AMD see the A57 as a key core for future datacenter chips for their lower power consumption.
“ST has an unrivalled track record in combining ARM technology with our own extensive IP portfolio, our deep applications know-how and our leading edge manufacturing technologies,” said Gian Luca Bertino, executive vice president and general manger of ST’s digital convergence group. “The Cortex A50 family strengthens our IP portfolio for our unified platform roadmap and enables ST to offer higher performance per watt in ASICs for networking and datacenter infrastructure.”
AMD sees chips with ARM cores sitting alongside its x86 chips. “We will see various processors targeted at various markets and we intend to be a strong player in the data center,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s server business. “The server market is very exciting at this point in time. All of us are driving cloud computing whether we realise it or not and we see a future where the data center is not ‘one size fits all’. In the future tasks are going to be sent to the right processor for the task.”
“ARM’s Cortex-A50 series processors combined with AMD’s unique low-power dense compute fabric, will bring new levels of choice and energy efficiency to the data center compute landscape and ignite a new 64-bit server ecosystem,” said Dr Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units at AMD. “AMD believes our strategic partnership with ARM, in concert with our OEM and critical ecosystem partners, will together help usher in the next era of enterprise computing.”

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