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AMD’s ARM SoC Seeks Sockets

Server chip lacks big design wins at debut
1/14/2016 09:00 AM EST
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rick merritt
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rick merritt   1/15/2016 1:32:23 PM
After this story was posted, Cavium responded to my request for information about shipments of systems using its 48-core 64-bit ARM ThunderX processor.

The company announced many design wins late last fall, mainly to ODMs who now have systems available. The extent of real sell-through of these systems to end users, however, is still unclear given many of the products are just now becoming available. Clearly 2016 will be a key year to test real demand for ARM-based servers.

This is the response from Cavium:

"We have active engagements with key OEM partners like Cray & Lenovo, who are enabling ThunderX based server platforms in their product portfolio offering. There is a lot of traction from the ODM vendors as well where we have Gigabyte , Inventec , Stack Velocity, Wiwynn, Wistron, ASUS , Pegatron, MiTAC,  and many others who are building ThunderX based platforms. There is also a good amount of interest from the HPC community , where vendors like E4 are enabling the industry with ARM based servers.

These are all hyperscale servers deployed in various form factors i.e. 1U / 2U / ATX/eATX / sled / OCP / high-density blades ...

We talking primary servers which are targeting cloud vendors , telco vendors (service providers) , web-servers , scale-out storage , compute servers for HPC segment.

We cannot exactly predict on volumes at this time as our product is just entering into the production phase.  However there is a significant amount of interest and momentum reflected from the breathe of portfolio offerings from ODM/OEM vendors."


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