Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Calxeda Raises $55 Million for its ARM Data Center Processors

Calxeda, a start-up based in Austin, Texas, raised $55 million in new funding for its ARM-based “EnergyCore” Server-on-a-Chip designed for a new generation of high-density servers.

Calxeda said its new chip will deliver as much as a ten-fold improvement in energy efficiency compared to today’s commodity X86-based servers. “

New investors include Austin Ventures and Vulcan Capital, plus additional participation by the firm’s existing investors.

"This significant infusion of capital will accelerate the exciting trajectory we’ve been on for the past four years," said Calxeda co-founder and CEO Barry Evans. "Businesses require a more efficient solution for the Web, Cloud, and Big Data. That is what Calxeda is now delivering and this funding will enable us to go bigger and faster."

  • 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.
  • Calxeda was founded in January 2008.
  • 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.