Wednesday, October 26, 2011

AppliedMicro Positions 64-bit ARM "X-Gene" for Next Gen Infrastructure

AppliedMicro introduced its "X-Gene" 64-bit, multi-core ARM architecture for next-generation infrastructure, including cloud computing, wireless infrastructure, enterprise networking, storage and security applications.

The new X-Gene multi-core processors leverage high-performance ARMv8 compliant cores operating at up to 3.0 GHz and are designed for full CPU and I/O virtualization in next generation of cloud computing.

AppliedMicro said its server-on-a-chip will combine multiple ARMv8 compliant 64-bit cores and a high-performance terabit coherent fabric with on-chip 10-Gigabit LAN, storage and WAN physical layer IP. It will also feature a 100-Gigabit per second inter socket communications interface to extend coherency to multi-chip configurations. The SoC design uses server-class dynamic power management during the idle state to achieve an unprecedented level of standby power of less than 300mW. The company expects first samples in the second half of 2012.

AppliedMicro also confirmed TSMC as its fab partner.

"The current growth trajectory of data centers, driven by the viral explosion of social media and cloud computing applications, will continue to accelerate," said Dr. Paramesh Gopi, President and CEO of AppliedMicro. "In offering the world's first 64-bit ARM architecture processor, we harmonize the network with cloud computing and environmental responsibility. Our next-generation of multicore SoCs will bring in a new era of energy efficient performance that doesn't break the bank on a limited power supply. In doing so, AppliedMicro becomes a more complete cloud computing technology provider for one of the hottest growth drivers in the industry."