Monday, October 31, 2011

Calxeda Unveils ARM-based “EnergyCore�? Server-on-a-Chip

Calxeda, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, unveiled its ARM-based “EnergyCore�? Server-on-a-Chip designed for a new generation of high-density servers. HP is using the processors for its Project Moonshot.

Calxeda's EnergyCore processor SoC, which derives from earlier generations of ARM-based mobile processors, features a supercomputing-class 80-Gigabit fabric switch and an integrated management engine with power optimization software. It includes a full complement of server I/O features and a large 4MB ECC L2 cache, enabling a complete server node that consumes only 5 watts, including 4GB of ECC memory and a large capacity SSD.

“All the stars are in alignment: Web 2.0 data-driven businesses, cloud computing, open source portable software, power consumption at crisis levels and the emergence of server-class performance of ARM processors,�? said Barry Evans, CEO and co-founder of Calxeda. “We believe a new era of energy-efficient servers is now dawning for scale-out workloads, and today we are introducing the foundational architecture that will enable this breakthrough. While we are proud to launch our Calxeda EnergyCore processors, we are even more thrilled with the many partners who are joining us on this journey.�?

  • Calxeda was founded in January 2008 and has raised $48 million in venture funding, Investors include ARM, Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners and Highland Capital Partners.

  • Calxeda is headed Barry Evans, who previously was the VP and GM of Marvell’s Application Processing Business Unit in the Cellular and Handheld Group (acquired from Intel). Mr. Evans was responsible for the Xscale processor (ARM-based) SoC product line. Before that, he was at Intel.

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