TAIPEI -- Startup Calxeda has struck partnerships with ten companies working with its unreleased ARM-based processor for servers. The companies are generally small software developers for cloud computing along with at least one cloud service provider and a systems integrator.
ARM-based processors have gained significant attention as a way to lower power for power-constrained data centers. But ARM proponent have their work cut out for them porting and optimizing the wealth of existing x86 server software to the architecture.
Calxeda said its Trailblazer Initiative also will include server makers, although none were named in a press announcement from the startup. The group gets early access to Calxeda's processors for developing proof-of-concept prototypes, work expected to start in the fall. The timing suggests the startup is in a late phase of taping out its design.
Initial members of the group include Autonomic Resources, a cloud provider to the U.S. government and Canonical which oversees the Ubuntu distribution of Linux. Other members include two cloud storage software companies, Caringo and Gluster, and an analytics specialist Pervasive.
"The faster we can help our system vendors and partners get complete solutions in our customers’ hands, the faster we can help them save money and reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint," said Barry Evans, chief executive of Calxeda in a press statement.
Earlier this year the startup said its initial product is a server processor using four ARM Cortex A9 processors consuming a total of 5W including associated DRAM. Marvell announced a roughly similar processor in November that is now running in test systems.
Intel has tried to counter the interest in low power ARM servers from OEMs such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard by releasing lower power versions of its Xeon server processors. It also announced in 2012 it will release a sub-10W Atom processor for servers.