DESIGNER OF CHIPS ARM claims that servers using its multi-core chips will go up against Intel within the next 12 months.
Talking to EE Times, Warren East, ARM Holdings' CEO, said that while its chips have traditionally been used in "relatively low performance" roles the firm's architecture can "support server application as it is". East said that the company is cranking out multi-core chip designs running at "up to 2GHz".
Servers require much more than just fast chips, as Chipzilla found out prior to ditching the front-side bus on its Xeon chips, a fact that East acknowledged but didn't elaborate on regarding his firm's approach.
The chip designer has pretty much sewn up the mobile chip market, licensing its designs out to just about everyone, but a move into the equally competitive server market will allow the company to trade on its image of designing energy efficient chips.
In recent years the metric that both Intel and AMD have touted when pushing server chips is 'performance per watt per square metre', or in plain English, energy efficiency. For ARM this isn't a bad thing, as the company has shown that its devices are pretty adept when it comes to energy efficiency.
East wasn't willing to name the chip foundries that ARM is working with, however he said that information should tip up in the next 12 months. µ
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