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Facebook has provided a big endorsement for ARM (ARMH) server CPUs: the company is showing off a...

Facebook has provided a big endorsement for ARM (ARMH) server CPUs: the company is showing off a next-gen server architecture for its Open Compute platform for building cheap/dense/power-efficient IT infrastructures that allows companies to switch between various x86 and ARM CPUs by swapping boards. Applied Micro (AMCC +0.9%) and Calxeda are the first ARM vendors to support it. The architecture will also support Intel's (INTC) silicon photonics tech, using it to handle 100G Ethernet links. (more on ARM servers)
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  • rancheredo
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    I worked in the semiconductor industry for over thirty years, the last 20 at Intel in factories, in sales and marketing, and in quality/reliability in various management and direct ground level positions. Since retiring in 2001, it has always amazed me how little you stock market guys understand the industry from components, to systems, to platforms, to networks, to internet. When Internet companies like Google and Facebook think they can get into the component design they have no idea of what it takes. To use as an example from when the judge made Intel go from numbers to names back in the 1980's the Pentiums cost at least a billion dollars to design the product with its microcode and processes to manufacture them on. That was a lot of money and a lot of talented people to pull this off.
    Google, Facebook, the stock people have no clue how different the front end of the business is than the far back end of the business works. Maybe their money will stimulate the economy but I have no hope of them starting from scratch and pulling these dreams off.
    14 Dec 2013, 11:14 AM Reply Like
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