Intel just got some competition, Qualcomm's 10nm server chips will launch first

Subject: General Tech | December 7, 2016 - 01:25 PM |
Tagged: qualcomm, centriq, centriq 2400, server

The days when AMD and Intel were the two choices to build a server with are long gone.  The ARM architecture has been making serious inroads as various vendors have begun to offer various solutions utilizing ARM designs, up to and including AMD for that matter.  Today, Qualcomm have joined these ranks, announcing their first processor family designed to power a server.  The Centriq 2400 series is based on a 10nm process node, with up to 48 cores.  As The Inquirer points out, this is a rather impressive shot across Intel's bow as Qualcomm will ship a 10nm FinFET before Intel does.

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"The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series, the first in the Centriq product family that Qualcomm has been working on for four years, has up to 48 ARMv8-compliant cores targeting compute-intensive data centre applications that require power efficiency and is built on the 10nm FinFET manufacturing processor."

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December 7, 2016 | 02:41 PM - Posted by willmore

Probably at server prices, too. :(

Why can't I just have an ARM desktop? Wasn't AMD working on something for that market segment? Has there been any chatter on that front?

December 8, 2016 | 07:44 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)
IIRC also possible to install Linux on Nvidia Shield TV.

To me it is worse in every way then Intel based solution so pointless.

December 7, 2016 | 03:45 PM - Posted by AnonyMouseD (not verified)

Today's word is that intel could(/will) license radeon tech to include some of it in it's cpu's, so, things could get interesting in a twisted way.

December 7, 2016 | 04:41 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just a rumor, and Intel has GPU IP of its own, the courts should not even let AMD license any of their GCN GPU IP to Intel as that would reduce competition for the integrated graphics paired with x86 based market place! AMD's main selling point for its APUs is its graphics and Zen is not expected to beat Intel in the single core IPC metric. So any Zen based APUs that just need to just get close to Intel in that x86 IPC metric will need AMD's GCN better than Intel graphics to get the APU sales.

Intel has too much of the x86 laptop SOC market, an unhealthy share! So any Intel moves on GCN IP needs to be stopped! let Intel develop their own graphics from their existing IP! AMD’s graphics IP gives AMD’s x86 Zen APU based products a better chance at the laptop APU market and Intel’s needs its influence decreased in the laptop market.

Intel’s Ultrabook excessive market influence has had a detrimental effect on the OEM laptop market place and a CPU part supplier like Intel should never have had that much influence over the entire OEM laptop market. Just look at the crappy thin and light laptops and their cooling/thermal throttling issues with APUs, SOCs, and discrete mobile GPUs. Intel’s laptop market share has led to stagnation and not innovation in the x86 based OEM SOC/APU laptop market!

Intel is very afraid of AMD's graphics more so than even the Zen single core IPC metric. So Intel needs to be kept far far away from that AMD GCN graphics IP! never let those Intel Bastards anywhere near that GCN IP!

December 7, 2016 | 04:18 PM - Posted by TopGearDog (not verified)

Very misleading article, Its using Samsungs 10nm which is basically the same as Intels 14nm. So really they have reached 14nm just before Intel reach 10nm meaning Intel are still a full node ahead of the rest, as they have been for the last decade.

December 7, 2016 | 04:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Process node aside the technology press needs to ASK AMD about K12's status, becuse Avago, after its acquisition Broadcom, has cancelled the Vulcan ARM server chip that Broadcom was working on, and that Broadcom/Vulcan ARM server was going to have SMT capabilities!

"Broadcom Announces Server-Class ARMv8-A Multi-Core Processor Architecture

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
•Quad-issue, quad-threaded 64-bit ARMv8-A core with superscalar out-of-order execution delivers true server-class performance
•Core enables 3GHz performance in the advanced 16nm FINFET process node
•Partnership with ARM aims to define and develop an open, ISA-independent Network Function Virtualization (NFV) software environment"(1)


"Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project"

December 8, 2016 | 04:01 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Rumblings of "big ARM for servers!" have been around for years now, but I've yet to hear from anyone who has actually deployed an ARM-based server in production.

December 8, 2016 | 12:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)


December 8, 2016 | 12:59 PM - Posted by willmore

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who saw that, too!

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