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Marvell (MRVL) boasts its Armada XP processors are the ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs powering Dell's...

Marvell (MRVL) boasts its Armada XP processors are the ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs powering Dell's just-announced Copper servers. A Dell (DELL) exec says the company has been working with Marvell for over a year. ARM server CPUs offer lower power consumption and higher densities than traditional Intel (INTC) and AMD offerings, but performance and software compatibility remain near-term stumbling blocks. AMCC is also targeting this space.
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  • Brennanhay
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    ARM will not gain much traction on servers - there is simply no server software ecosystem, nor the libraries, nor the operating systems, nor anything, to support them.


    Too much bleeding edge!


    Long: AMD and MSFT
    31 May 2012, 12:42 AM Reply Like
  • Ashraf Eassa
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    I think for certain applications, ARM servers could make sense. It's important to note that their main competitors are Intel Atom chips in servers, NOT Xeons.
    31 May 2012, 08:35 AM Reply Like
  • Cincinnatus
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    It's too little too late. They simply lack the necessary server features for all but a niche market. Intel already had the advantage in features, software ecosystem, and performance/watt. Even the absolute power draw advantage for ARM is disappearing.



    The Xeon E3-1200 v2 family is Intel’s first batch of 22 nm server chips based on its Ivy Bridge architecture. They include Intel’s lowest power server CPU to date, a 17W chip at prices as low as $189.


    The low-end chip is geared for micro-servers, ultra low power systems that attempt to stave off rising interest in alternative ARM-based servers. Previously Intel’s lowest power x86 server chip consumed 20W.


    Intel plans to ship Centerton later this year, a dual-core Atom based server chip consuming just 6W. It is Intel’s first Atom design supporting virtualization and ECC memory needed in servers.
    31 May 2012, 04:47 PM Reply Like
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