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Silicon and Software Displayed and Talked at ARM TechCon 2016

AppliedMicro’s X-Gene and Xilinx Zynq SoCs and MPSoCs displayed at ARM TechCon 2016. The server chip vendor AppliedMicro to host expert panel at ARM TechCon 2016 to discuss a growing system around ARMv8-A architecture which it has used in designing server chips. AppliedMicro is showcasing its X-Gene server processor family at ARM TechCon 2016

October 25, 2016 in Media Coverage

Canonical and ARM to offer Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph for 64-bit ARM servers

Canonical announced Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph are now commercially available and supported on processors and servers based on 64-bit ARM v8-A architecture. The growing demand in enterprise and Telco markets for ARMv8-A based enterprise solutions are addressed by the availability through this growing collaboration making Ubuntu Openstack and Ceph Storage solutions with Ubuntu Advantage support. Ubuntu’s partners original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) would be accompanying ARM and Canonical to assure production grade server systems, storage platforms, and networking solutions are available in the market with Ubuntu Advantage support.

October 20, 2016 in Media Coverage

Canonical Brings Ubuntu OpenStack, Ceph To ARM-Based Servers

Software giant Canonical and chip designer ARM have extended their partnership to enable more products to run on ARM-based infrastructure.Canonical had previously offered a version of Ubuntu for 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture, and has now added Ubuntu OpenStack cloud platform and Ceph storage framework to the list.

October 18, 2016 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Finds ARM Server Footing, Reaches Higher

One of the frustrating facts about peddling any new technology is that the early adopters that discover a strategic advantage in that technology want to keep that secret all to themselves. Word of mouth and real-world use cases are big factors in the adoption of any new technology, and anything that hampers this actually causes the adoption to move slower than it otherwise might.

October 04, 2016 in Media Coverage

Qualcomm Discovers Its Long Tail …and Other News from Applied Micro and Your TV Maker

Finally, Santa Clara–based Applied Micro is close to releasing its newest fire-breathing chip for servers, called X-Gene 3. Like X-Gene 1 and 2 before it, X-Gene 3 is ARM-based, competing head-to-head with Intel’s dominant Xeon x86 processors. ARM-based server chips aren’t new anymore, but they are still something of an anomaly. So much Web infrastructure has been built up around x86 servers that it’s hard to displace them, even with the compelling price/performance advantages offered by Applied Micro and others.

September 27, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro, Macom And BrPhotonics To Show 100Gb/S PAM-4 Over Single Wavelength

Applied Micro Circuit, BrPhotonics and Macom Technology have announced what they claim is the first successful demonstration of 100Gb/s PAM4 single wavelength (lambda) technology over singlemode fibre. The will be showing the technology in AppliedMicro’s Booth, at ECOC 2016 taking place at the CCD Congress (Stockumer Kirchstraße 61, 40474 Düsseldorf, Germany) from Sept. 19-21, 2016.

September 19, 2016 in Media Coverage

Software-defined storage hits the bargain rack

Some small and medium-sized businesses need fast, and flexible storage gear as much as large enterprises. The need to quickly spin up new applications, even without a storage specialist on staff, can drive those demands. The gear for doing so is gradually getting more affordable. Hewlett-Packard Enterprise extended two of its storage product lines into more affordable territory, in one case adopting an ARM processor to help cut the cost of a system.

August 26, 2016 in Media Coverage

ARM Has A New Weapon In Race To Build World’s Fastest Computers

ARM’s new supercomputer chip design with vector extensions will be in Japan’s Post-K computer, which will be deployed in 2020.

August 26, 2016 in Media Coverage

HPE StoreVirtual Gets Low-Cost ARM-Powered Variant

HPE has lowered prices for its SMB storage array customers by building an ARM-powered StoreVirtual array, eschewing X86 CPUs, and by bundling some previously optional components into an MSA 2042 product version.

The StoreVirtual 3200, which has a starting price of just over $6,000, has two active:active controllers with failover, powered by 64-bit ARM processors inside a 2U box.

August 15, 2016 in Media Coverage

400G Packet Processing Required

High-speed packet processing is a key requirement for the latest telecom systems based on network virtualization. A significant number of companies are already using 100G packet processors and many will require 400G packet processors within the next year or two. Software compatibility and low power consumption are also key requirements making this combination the challenge for multicore processor suppliers.

This is one of the many key findings in Heavy Reading’s new report, Multicore Processor Survey: 2017 Market Outlook, based on an exclusive worldwide survey that drew responses from 108 professionals that represent 72 different telecom and networking equipment suppliers.

August 02, 2016 in Media Coverage

Q&A: PAM4 Single Lambda Addresses Today’s Ethernet Challenges

AppliedMicro developed the world’s first 100G PAM4 single-wavelength solution for 100G and 400G Ethernet. I talked with Omar Hassen, Associate Vice President of Connectivity Business, about the challenges associated with 100G Ethernet.

July 14, 2016 in Media Coverage

ARM-Based Servers: A Guide

ARM chips have been the mainstay of mobile devices for many years now but ARM with its ARMv8 processor technology promises much for the datacentre. …The report says ARM processor vendors, such as Applied Micro and Cavium, have garnered notable design wins and partnerships from communications service providers (CSPs) and systems vendors representing a wide spectrum of end customers and workloads.

June 21, 2016 in Media Coverage

ARM-Based Server Processors Finally Hitting Stride

Vendors of ARM-based server-class microprocessors will begin to gain traction with their newest designs next year following years of ecosystem development, according to a new report by International Data Corp. (IDC). The long-foreseen forecasted shift in fortunes for ARM-based server processors is expected to come after a period of muted growth for combined ARM- and X86-based server processors, which are projected to log a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.2% between 2015 and 2020, according to the report.

June 02, 2016 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Circuits Tackles Datacenter Network Bandwidth With 400 Gigabit Fiber Optics

Traffic is a problem, not just on the streets, but also in the datacenter where demand for bandwidth is outstripping capacity. On the street, it is difficult to raise performance because raising the speed limit and shrinking or space between the cars can bring both more capacity, but also more challenges; it’s a physics problem more than anything else. Datacenter networks are facing their own physics problems, but in a much grander scale, something Applied Micro Circuits (AppliedMicro) is working to solve.

May 31, 2016 in Media Coverage

ARM Server Update (NFV)

There has been a lot of buzz in the industry over the last several years about ARM Holdings’ and its partners’ plans to go after the datacenter market with a particular focus on servers. Companies like Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AppliedMicro), Cavium, and Qualcomm, are now in various stages of product development with ARM-based server SoCs. AppliedMicro was the first to ship ARM server chips.

May 14, 2016 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) Is Reiterated By Topeka Capital Markets To Hold, Raises Pr

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) was Reiterated by Topeka Capital Markets to “Hold” according to the research note released today. The brokerage firm has raised the Price Target to $ 6.50 from a previous price target of $6 . Topeka Capital Markets advised their investors in a research report released on Apr 29, 2016.

April 29, 2016 in Media Coverage

Are ARM Server Chips Xeon Class, And Does It Matter?

But it looks like ARM server chip maker Applied Micro is aiming to do just that with its X-Gene 3 chip, which we profiled last November when its architecture was announced. Applied Micro has reached for this lofty goal before, with its X-Gene 1 and X-Gene 2 processors, but it appears that their its third generation of custom core system on chip processors will deliver performance that is “well within range of Xeon E5 products,” according to a recently released report by the Linley Group, publisher of The Microprocessor Report.

April 28, 2016 in Media Coverage

Stock Earnings Roundup: Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC)

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) is expected to report Q4 earnings after market close (confirmed) on Thursday 04/28/2016. The company operates in the Semiconductor – Integrated Circuits industry. Applied Micro Circuits Corp is engaged in providing silicon solutions for next-generation cloud infrastructure and data centers, as well as connectivity products for edge, metro and long haul communications equipment.

April 28, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 3 Aims For Intel’s E5 Xeon

Last week AppliedMicro (APM) and the Linley Group released a white paper detailing the performance goals of APM’s X-Gene 3 server chips that are due for release in H2 2017. In this white paper it becomes clear that APM believes that their 32 core ARMv8 server chip will be competitive with Intel’s current Broadwell-based Xeon E5 chips.

April 25, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 3 Aims For Intel’s E5 Xeon

Last week AppliedMicro (APM) and the Linley Group released a white paper detailing the performance goals of APM’s X-Gene 3 server chips that are due for release in H2 2017. In this white paper it becomes clear that APM believes that their 32 core ARMv8 server chip will be competitive with Intel’s current Broadwell-based Xeon E5 chips.

April 25, 2016 in Media Coverage

ARM’s Plumbers

With Qualcomm, AMD, Cavium, Applied Micro and others leading the way in ARM-based SoCs for servers a good chunk of the R&D is being spent on developing server-specific cores. Along with that goes a lot of work to get the software up and running.

April 22, 2016 in Media Coverage

X-Gene 3 Delivers Heavy-Lifting Server Performance

Applied Micro’s new server SoC X-Gene 3 has 32 ARMv8-compatible CPU cores in a single socket to deliver performance competitive with mainstream high-end Xeon E5/ E7 processors in a similar TDP envelope.

April 22, 2016 in Media Coverage

UCy Computer Science Faculty Secures €500,000 In European Funding

UniServer brings together experts from the world’s leading processor, server-on-chip and software development industry ARM, Applied-Micro and IBM as well as emerging application developers Worldsensing, Sparsity and Meritorius. In addition to Queen’s University and the University of Cyprus, the consortium is also made up of the University of Athens and the University of Thessaly.

April 21, 2016 in Media Coverage

Qualcomm’s ARM Server Chip Inches Forward, While AppliedMicro Forges Ahead

But Thursday brought some bad news for Qualcomm if it hopes to become an early winner in the fledgling ARM server chip market. Research company Linley Group released a white paper that rated AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 3 ARM chip favorably against Intel’s Xeon E5.

April 21, 2016 in Media Coverage

World’s First 100G PAM4 Single Wavelength Solution

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation demonstrated the world’s first 100G PAM4 single wavelength solution for 100G and 400G Ethernet at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC) in Anaheim. “Demand for 100G Ethernet is being driven by cloud services and hyperscale data centres,” said Omar Hassen, associate vice president of connectivity business, AppliedMicro.

April 04, 2016 in Media Coverage

Top Of The Show At OFC 2016

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has used OFC 2016 to show off what it asserts is the first 100G PAM4 single-wavelength silicon. The communications semiconductor company believes the silicon will find use for 400 Gigabit Ethernet applications, as well as for 100-Gbps QSFP28 modules.

March 31, 2016 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Provides ARM Boost To openSUSE Build Service For Linux

The openSUSE Build Service (OBS) has a long history dating back to January 2007, when it was first announced. For the majority of its lifespan, OBS has enabled developers to easily build Linux packages for x86, but in recent years, ARM has become increasingly important. OBS has now officially gained access to a new 64-BIT ARM capability, courtesy of Applied Micro, which donated a number of servers for development. OBS enables developers to build packages in any number of formats for different Linux distributions.

March 30, 2016 in Media Coverage

NFV Players Push Their Wares To Mobile Operators At MWC

Among the new phones, chargers, VR headsets and big-booth-photo-shoots* that dominated the Mobile World Congress media agenda this week, there’s also been a slew of network function virtualisation (NFV) announcements. …German embedded systems outfit Kontron and Applied Micro pitched in with an ARM-based server platform that also targets the SDN/NFV space.

March 25, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro Demos Single-wavelength 100G PAM4 Silicon

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (NASDAQ:AMCC) has used OFC 2016 to show off what it asserts is the first 100G PAM4 single-wavelength silicon. The communications semiconductor company believes the silicon will find use for 400 Gigabit Ethernet applications (a 4x100G PSM4-like approach is one of the PMDs; see “IEEE P802.3bs Task Force adopts serial 100G for 400 Gigabit Ethernet”), as well as for 100-Gbps QSFP28 modules.

March 24, 2016 in Media Coverage

Vapor IO Makes Case For Open Compute Project

When it comes to data centers, many of the providers of hosting services often have proprietary hooks that, for all intents and purposes, wind up locking IT organizations into a specific facility. … At the Open Compute Project Summit this week, Vapor IO announced that with the release of version 1.2 of OpenDCRE, it is now providing support for the Open Compute Project (OCP) led by Facebook, as well as servers from AppliedMicro and modular data center infrastructure from BASELAYER.

March 11, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro Notches Open Server Allies

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (Nasdaq: AMCC) and Vapor IO say they are working together to port the latter’s Open Data Center Runtime Environment (OpenDCRE) on the former’s 4-node OCP compliant 2U X-Gene 2 server platform.

March 09, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro Gains Following News Of Wistron X-Gene Partnership

AppliedMicro (AMCC +5.3%) has announced Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron (services Facebook, and possibly other Internet giants developing their own servers) will use the company’s X-Gene 1 ARM server CPU in the X5, a 5U chassis server design that’s compliant with Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP - creates open-source designs for dense/low-power data center hardware).

March 09, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro’s ARM Servers Head To X5 Platform Chasis Design Compliant With Open Compute Project

AppliedMicro said Wednesday that Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron will use the company’s X-Gene 1 ARM server CPU in the X5 server platform. The 5U chassis server design is compliant with Facebook’s Open Compute Project (OCP). OCP launched in 2011 with the goal of developing servers and data centers with a model traditionally associated with open source software projects. The foundation and engineering community involved in the project work to innovate hardware designs at scale.

March 09, 2016 in Media Coverage

Component Vendors Push NFV, SDN at MWC

Kontron AG and Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (Nasdaq: AMCC) have combined the former’s SymKloud converged infrastructure platform with the latter’s 10GigE modular server designed with two of the latter’s X-Gene system-on-chip (SoC) processors based on the 64-bit ARM v8-A architecture, which the two handily note is “widely known for its server-class performance and mobile-level power efficiency.” The combination is designed explicitly to support operator services delivered on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment supporting SDN and NFV capabilities.

March 01, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro Expands Market Focus To NFV To Help Accelerate X-Gene Revenue

There has been a lot of buzz in the industry over the last several years about ARM Holdings ’ and its partners’ plans to go after the datacenter market with a particular focus on servers. Companies like Advanced Micro Devices, AppliedMicro, Cavium CAVM +2.94%, and Qualcomm, are now in various stages of product development with ARM-based server SoCs. AppliedMicro was the first to ship ARM server chips. It has taken many years, but a number of high profile customers in the web services, enterprise, and high performance computing markets are in the midst of ARM server technology evaluations and proof of concept deployments.

March 01, 2016 in Media Coverage

Component Vendors Push NFV, SDN At MWC

Mobile World Congress is one of those shows where several of the most important technologies and trends converge, including SDN, NFV, data centers and cloud computing, as well as all things wireless. …Kontron AG and Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (Nasdaq: AMCC) have combined the former’s SymKloud converged infrastructure platform with the latter’s 10GigE modular server designed with two of the latter’s X-Gene system-on-chip (SoC) processors based on the 64-bit ARM v8-A architecture, which the two handily note is “widely known for its server-class performance and mobile-level power efficiency.”

February 26, 2016 in Media Coverage

X-Gene Technology To Power European Server Research Project

A three year €4.8million European project due to set off in February 2016 will use AppliedMicro’s X-Gene technology to develop a universal system architecture and software ecosystem for servers. As part of the UniServer project, AppliedMicro will develop custom platforms based on X-Gene that address the complexities associated with Big Data and IoT applications.

January 26, 2016 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro Selected As Server Provider For UniServer Project

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (Nasdaq: AMCC), a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions, today announced that the company’s innovative X-Gene Server-on-a-Chip solution is the exclusive server platform that will be used to develop UniServer, a universal system architecture and software ecosystem for servers.

January 25, 2016 in Media Coverage

What’s The Significance Of AppliedMicro’s X-Gene 3 And X-Tend Interconnect?

I see Applied Micro Circuits (AppliedMicro) as the current leader in the nascent ARM server SoC space. This doesn’t mean they own that forever as this is a very dynamic space, but right now, this is the case. They are already shipping their first generation SoC, X-Gene 1 in mass quantities and the second generation SoC (X-Gene 2) in lower quantities. AppliedMicro’s architecture uses larger, custom CPU cores and a large memory controller. There are other ARM-based solutions out there with many, smaller cores and memory controllers, as with Cavium, but they are limited in the numbers of workloads they can address. I do not believe Cavium’s final silicon for their first SoC is even shipping yet. AppliedMicro has chip solutions shipping today ranging from embedded applications all the way to the general purpose data center. As I saw at SC15, X-Gene processors are also getting mind-share in the HPC (high performance computing) space, particularly when tied with an NVIDIA GPU or FPGA accelerator from Xilinx or Altera. I met with AppliedMicro both at ARM TechCon, ARM’s development show, and SC15, the world’s premier supercomputer show. I also met with large end users with very large HPC and enterprise footprints.

November 27, 2015 in Media Coverage

Eurotech HiVe HPC System Adds ARM CPUs

For the ARM HiVe system development, Eurotech partnered with AppliedMicro, a California-based data center semiconductor company, utilizing the X-Gene processor, the world’s first ARMv8-A Server on a Chip solution. Eurotech has paired the X-Gene processor with NVIDIA Tesla and AMD FirePro GPU accelerators and Intel Xeon coprocessors to efficiently deliver high performance for demanding HPC workloads.

November 22, 2015 in Media Coverage

64-Bit ARM Platforms Target The IoT Cloud

ARM TechCon was host to a wide range of Cortex-based microcontrollers and microprocessors…Applied Micro Circuits (Applied Micro) was presenting its 3 generation X-Gene architecture. It is based on ARM’s ARMv8-A architecture and will employ 16-nm FinFET process. The top-end chips will host 32 cores running at speeds up to 3 GHz. There will be a complement of 42 PCI Express Gen 3 lanes as well as eight DDR4-2667 memory channels for a total of 16 DIMMs. This will deliver up to six times the performance of the current X-Gene 2 systems.

November 20, 2015 in Media Coverage

System Vendors Unveil ARM-Based Server Offerings

Five system makers at the supercomputing show unveiled new servers that are powered by Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8p-A chip, ThunderX. That came a week after Applied Micro President and CEO Paramesh Gopi at the TechCon show unveiled the next generation of its ARM-based 64-bit system-on-a-chip (SoC)—X-Gene 3—which he said will compete for higher-end data center workloads. At SC 15, Applied Micro announced the X-Tend integrated interconnect technology that will appear in the new chip when it starts sampling later next year.

November 18, 2015 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro Chases Xeons With X-Gene 3 And NUMA

If ARM processors are going to get traction in the datacenter, they will have to do so outside of the conservative glass houses of large enterprises. Applied Micro, one of the upstart makers of server-class 64-bit ARM server chips, knows this, and therefore it is no surprise that the company is on hand at the SC15 supercomputer conference talking up its plans for the future. Applied Micro has two of its X-Gene family of ARM server chips in the field, with the third one on the way. The company is a little bit behind on its rollout, but that is understandable given the complexity of delivering an ARM server chip with brawny cores, as Applied Micro is doing after getting a full architecture license from ARM Holdings, the steward of the ARM instruction set.

November 18, 2015 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro To Sample 16nm Finfet 64-Bit ARM Server Chip Next Year

Applied Micro will sample the first 16nm finfet 64-bit ARM-based server chips in H2 2016. Called X-Gene 3, the chip will have 32 cores, described by Applied Micro as “brawny”, which run at up to 3GHz delivering 4x to 6x the performance of X-Gene 2. “We are finally ready to take the lid off something we have been working on for the last two years in stealth mode,” says Applied Micro’s CEO, Paramesh Gopi.

November 17, 2015 in Media Coverage

ARM Reached From IoT To The Data Center At TechCon 2015

Calif.—ARM is best known for the dominance of its chip designs in smartphones and tablets. But at its TechCon 2015 show here last week, the talk was mostly about other subjects—in particular, servers, security and the Internet of things (IoT)...ARM also got help from some of its partners, including Applied Micro’s CEO Paramesh Gopi, who talked about his company’s 64-bit X-Gene 3 ARM-based server chip, which he said will begin sampling later next year and will compete with Intel’s mid-level and high-end Xeon processors. This eWEEK slide show takes a look at highlights of the event.

November 17, 2015 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro And E4 Collaborate On X-Gene Platforms

Today at SC15, Applied Micro Circuits Corporation announced a collaboration with E4 Computer Engineering, a leading supplier of customized solutions for high performance computing and enterprise data centers, on X-Gene platforms based on ARMv8-A architecture.

November 17, 2015 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro Unveils X-Gene 3, With 32 ARMv8 Cores

AppliedMicro has announced third generation of X-Gene, its so called Server on a Chip. Called X-Gene 3, the device is targeted at TSMC’s 16nm FinFET process and will feature 32 ARM v8 cores operating at up to 3GHz, eight DDR4-2667 memory channels and 42 PCIe Gen 3 lanes. According to the company, the device is expected to be offer four to six times the performance of current X-Gene products.

November 17, 2015 in Media Coverage

Morgan Stanley Kicks Tires On ARM Servers, Wants A Rival For Intel

A lot has been written about servers based on ARM processors, but there’s little data about how many are actually being used in production. That’s still the case, but we now have another large customer that’s at least admitted to trying them out—and its reasons for doing so are not good for Intel. Morgan Stanley is testing a server with ARM processors from AppliedMicro for use in its data centers, said Bert Shen, vice president of technology business development at the financial services firm. He spoke on a panel organized by AppliedMicro at the ARM TechCon conference in Silicon Valley last week.

November 16, 2015 in Media Coverage

Morgan Stanley Tests ARM On Its Datacentres

Finance outfit Morgan Stanley has been testing AppliedMicro ARM processors for its data centres and come back with shedloads of real world experience. Bert Shen, vice president of technology business development at the financial services firm told Computerworld AppliedMicro showed it a benchmark that compelled it to take a closer look at ARM.

November 16, 2015 in Media Coverage

X-Gene 3 In 2016 – No, Not A Superhero Movie. It’s A 16nm FinFET 64-Bit ARM Chip For Servers

In-brief Applied Micro has vowed to unleash upon the world the X-Gene 3, a 64-bit ARM-compatible server processor made using FinFET gates.The 32-core ARMv8-compatible chips will be manufactured by TSMC using a 16nm process, can be clocked up to 3GHz, and will feature eight DDR4-2667 memory channels and 42 PCIe 3 lanes, if all goes to plan.

November 16, 2015 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Unveils Next-Gen ARM Server SoC

Applied Micro’s next-generation ARM-based X-Gene processor will be a more robust server chip that will offer significant performance gains over its current offerings and will target data center workloads now running on Intel’s mid- and high-level silicon.Applied Micro President and CEO Paramesh Gopi introduced the X-Gene 3 during the second day of ARM’s TechCon 2015 show here Nov. 11, saying that when the system-on-a-chip (SoC) starts shipping in systems in 2017, it will be the only ARM-based chip that can challenge Intel’s dominance in the data center.

November 12, 2015 in Media Coverage

Applied Tips New ARM Server SoC

Progress establishing a foothold for the ARM architecture in the red-hot sever sector was evident at the company’s annual conference here. Intel Corp. owns the vast majority of the server processor market today, a business it depends on to offset the decline in PC processor sales and prices. Applied Micro Circuits Corp. announced its third-generation ARM-based server SoC, the X-Gene 3 running at up to 3 GHz and made in a 16nm TSMC process will sample late next year. Engineers from EMC and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) suggested they are developing storage systems running on ARM SoCs, and an IT manager from Morgan Stanley said he is testing ARM servers for one of his applications.

November 11, 2015 in Media Coverage

ARMs, GPUs, CPUs: The Growing Diversity Of Data Center Chip Architectures

As for the ARM, it is alive and well in the data center as organizations pursue scale-out, distributed infrastructure in which performance will increasingly be measured against the workload, rather than the processor itself, says AppliedMicro’s John Williams. And as infrastructure and resource management becomes more automated, it won’t matter what instruction set is running as long as the job is being handled in the most efficient, effective manner. For this reason, he says it will be in the enterprise’s best interests to deploy a variety of chip platforms so as to provide as tailored an environment as possible for each and every application that users call up. The end result will be greater performance, higher efficiency and lower costs across an increasingly diverse processing infrastructure.

November 10, 2015 in Media Coverage

Emergence Of 64-Bit ARM In Today’s Data Centers

The technologies that power the data center have grown at an incredible rate in recent years. What was once considered “state of the art” is now deemed outdated. Next-generation servers have broken the commodity mold offering capabilities ranging from customizable solutions with application accelerators to appliances that address specific workloads. Data center software is also evolving at break-neck speeds. Use of high-level languages, virtualization and open source software has opened the door to a new generation of server solutions and deployment models – solutions that are not necessarily constrained to the almost 40-year-old x86 instruction set.

November 09, 2015 in Media Coverage

China Driving ARM-Based Server Market

The ARM server market is hotting up with the pace being set by China, says Applied Micro which has an ARM architecture licence and pioneered the first ARM-based server chips. “The market has not been this interesting for more than a decade,” says Applied Micro’s marketing vp John Williams, “Intel has 95/7% market share and monopoly means there there is very little innovation and very little price competition.” Meanwhile there’s a move away from PowerPC and MIPS in the embedded world - enterprise networking, storage systems, telecom infrastructure and industrial automation and control - where there’s a “rapid” transition to ARM, says Williams.

October 27, 2015 in Media Coverage

ARM Tide Surges On

The ARM tide surges on. To increase dollar year-on-year processor royalty revenues by 37% and overall sterling revenues by 24% in Q3 is no mean achievement in a flat semiconductor market. How do they do it? “Two reasons,” replies ARM vice-president Pete Hutton: “Because we are moving into new markets and deploying new technology.” On the technology side, 64-bit has been a huge success: “250 million v8 cores were shipped in one quarter,” says Hutton. “I think we’re the highest shipping 64-bit on the planet.” The 64-bit v8s command higher royalties than 32-bit cores, which accounts for some of the royalty surge.

October 22, 2015 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Tapes Out 16nm Finfet PAM4 IC

Applied Micro has taped out the first 16nm finfet PAM4 chip for 400Gbit/sec fibre optic systems, says CEO Paramesh Gopi. “Fibre-optics will move to a mainstream technology in the data centre,” says Gopi. PAM 4 (Pulse Amplitude Modulation) appears to be the future of Ethernet though there has been some debate about it. Applied Micro is sampling its first PAM4 ICs at the moment and sees mass deployment at the end of next year.

October 21, 2015 in Media Coverage

AppliedMicro – Delivers Unique Capabilities For Modern Data Centers

AppliedMicro’s solutions are tailored to provide computing and connectivity solutions for next-generation cloud infrastructure and data centers. AppliedMicro’s X-Gene server processor was the first 64-bit ARM processor on the market with production release in 2014. AppliedMicro solutions dramatically lower the cost of ownership (TCO). Below is our interview with John Williams, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at AppliedMicro.

October 20, 2015 in Media Coverage

Vapor IO To Use AppliedMicro HeliX 2 Processor To Power Vapor Edge Controller

Vapor IO and AppliedMicro announced a partnership in which Vapor IO will use the AppliedMicro HeliX 2 quad-core 64-bit ARM processor to power the Vapor Edge Controller. Vapor IO built its data-defined data center solution around the Vapor IO Open MistOS (OMOS) top-of-rack management capabilities combined with OpeDCRE (Data Center Runtime Environment). The AppliedMicro HeliX 2 line of processors represents the company’s second generation ARMv8 64-bit system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for embedded applications.

September 29, 2015 in Media Coverage

Vapor IO’s Server Management Controller To Be Powered By 64-Bit ARM Chips

Vapor IO, the startup that is challenging many of the data center design conventions, including the shape and placement of IT racks, has partnered with Applied Micro, whose 64-bit ARM processor will be the brain of the Vapor Edge Controller, a centralized, shared top-of-rack server management controller meant to replace proprietary Baseboard Management Controller in each individual server in the rack.

September 28, 2015 in Media Coverage

E4 and AppliedMicro Announce Recent Test Results

E4 Computer Engineering, the leading Italian manufacturer of High Performance Computing (HPC) and enterprise hardware solutions, and AppliedMicro, a global leader in computing and connectivity solutions, announced today the results of tests carried out independently on a GPU cluster provided to EnginSoft Italy, a premier global consulting firm in the field of Simulation Based Engineering Science (SBES).

September 14, 2015 in Media Coverage

E4 Benchmarks EnginSoft CFD On ARM64

Today E4 Computer Engineering announced the results of tests carried out independently on a GPU cluster provided to EnginSoft Italy, a premier global consulting firm in the field of Simulation Based Engineering Science (SBES). …The tests provided EnginSoft the opportunity to leverage their experience in CFD and HPC and examine the first production ARM64 processor architecture coupled with a GPU in a real cluster, connected via a FDR InfiniBand, and enabled E4 Computer Engineering and AppliedMicro to have independent tests on the new E4 system.

September 14, 2015 in Media Coverage

Chips Evolve For Data Intensive Niches

Data centric workloads are growing in importance in high-performance computing and, in an industry that has been dominated by a handful of technologies for several years, this has led users to look for new technologies which better suit such jobs. The demand now is for low power, high memory, and I/O-intensive solutions, so there is a growing niche which can be addressed by solutions which are less focused on Flops performance.

August 10, 2015 in Media Coverage

64-Bit Embedded Application Development Kit For HeliX 2 SoC

Not only in the personal computing and the smart phone computing platforms, but also in the embedded system development area, there are applications which can leverage 64-bit processor for offering high-performance computing. The latest 64-bit ARM processor core-based SOC chip, Applied Micro’s HeliX 2 family packs a lot of peripherals and other required functions to reduce the external integrated circuits you require in designing 64-bit embedded board.

August 02, 2015 in Media Coverage

How 64-bit ARM Processor Servers Trending?

When a company called Calexda closed its operations, it was a setback for 64-bit ARM processor architecture based server development. Calexda was a startup fully focusing on ARM 64 bit, but there were some-what better established semiconductor vendors who have also started designing server chips using 64-bit ARM processor architecture. Now you can buy a Linux enterprise server from multiple vendors running on a ARM 64-bit processor core powered by Applied Micro’s X-gene server chips which can run on Linux versions from multiple vendors. The latest one to support 64-bit ARM server processors is SUSE. Red Hat and Ubuntu is already supporting 64-bit ARM Processor cores.

July 19, 2015 in Media Coverage

SUSE Brings ARM Server Support to Linux Distribution

SUSE officials are throwing their support behind ARM-based servers, saying that version 12 of SUSE Enterprise Linux will run on systems powered by chips from the likes of Applied Micro, Cavium and Advanced Micro Devices.

July 15, 2015 in Media Coverage

SUSE Launches Partner Program to Bring SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 to 64-bit ARM Processors

SUSE® today announced partner program expansion to include support for 64-bit ARM server processors. This expansion makes available to partners a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 that allows them to develop, test and deliver products to the market using 64-bit ARM chips from vendors including AMD, AppliedMicro and Cavium along with server manufacturers Dell, E4 Computer Engineering, HP and SoftIron to provide customers with more choice, flexibility and opportunities to save on their technology infrastructure.

July 14, 2015 in Media Coverage

Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand Solutions Gain Momentum with Industry-Wide Adoption

Mellanox® Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the growing industry-wide adoption of its end-to-end EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions. Mellanox EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand adapters, switches, cables and software are the most efficient interconnect solutions for connecting servers and storage, delivering high throughput, low latency and world leading application performance for HPC, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers.

July 13, 2015 in Media Coverage

Filippo Mantovani on What’s Next for Mont-Blanc and ARM

Firing up the Mont-Blanc prototype in mid-June at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was a significant milestone in the European effort to base HPC systems on energy efficient architecture. Mont-Blanc program coordinator Filippo Mantovani was quoted in the release announcing the prototype saying, “Now the challenge starts because with this platform we can foresee how inexpensive technologies from the mobile market can be leveraged for traditional scientific high-performance workloads.”

July 07, 2015 in Media Coverage

The Future of ARM Server Markets—2015 and Beyond

Applied Micro is well known for delivering high-performance, system-on-chip solutions. Bill Wong recently spoke with Kumar Sankaran, Associate Vice President of Software and Platform Engineering at Applied Micro, about their new HeliX 1 family of embedded processors.

July 01, 2015 in Media Coverage

Enterprise Class Linux Running On AppliedMicro’s ARM Processor Stars At Red Hat Summit

At its recent Summit, Red Hat announced that the preview version of its latest enterprise-class operating system (OS) was running on AppliedMicro’s 64-bit ARM server processors.

June 26, 2015 in Media Coverage

PayPal Deploys ARM Servers in Data Centers

PayPal has deployed servers based on 64-bit ARM processors as part of its data center infrastructure. ARM servers were cheaper but offered performance levels equivalent to regular servers that power the company’s popular online-payment applications, Paramesh Gopi, president and CEO of ARM chip maker Applied Micro, said.

April 29, 2015 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro carrying the flag for dense server ARM data centers

Two announcements this week highlight commercial and academic use of ARM in dense server systems.

April 29, 2015 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro’s X-Gene®: Competitive Advantage

The ARM-based server business is real and we are now seeing the first fruits from early adopters. The Applied Micro X-Gene SoC server processor is the first 64-bit ARM server processor in production and it is showing competitive performance and lower cost of ownership than traditional server deployments for the same function. A recent post for ARM’s earnings on a PayPal deployment and tests by Applied Micro show how X-Gene systems can offer an alternative to standard Intel Xeon server systems today.

April 27, 2015 in Media Coverage

ARM: Server Movement is Happening, Whether You Can See it or Not

But Drew is “very happy with the progress I’m seeing.” He notes, in particular, Gigabyte, a Taiwanese OEM that is using chips from Applied Micro Circuits as well as from a company called Annapurna.

April 21, 2015 in Media Coverage

Gigabyte Server releases ARM motherboard/SOC

Gigabyte’s server arm has come out with a couple of ‘Server on a Chip’ solutions based around ARM chips. The first is a based around the AppliedMicro X-Gene under the ARMv8-A architecture.

March 27, 2015 in Media Coverage

ARM gathers momentum with Gigabyte server launch

Annapurna Labs and AppliedMicro join the fray

March 25, 2015 in Media Coverage

Gigabyte’s latest microATX board has an eight-core ARMv8 SoC

The datacenter-oriented MP30-AR0 is built around Applied Micro’s X-Gene 1 SoC, an eight-core chip with a 2.4GHz clock speed and 45W TDP.

March 25, 2015 in Media Coverage

GIGABYTE Server Releases ARM Solutions using AppliedMicro and Annapurna Labs SoCs

GIGABYTE’s server arm is launching a couple of ‘Server on a Chip’ solutions. First up is a model built around the AppliedMicro X-Gene under the ARMv8-A architecture.

March 24, 2015 in Media Coverage

DataCentred moves to offer 64-bit ARM servers in OpenStack

The integration offers a lower cost, lower power and more flexible option for organisations, firm claims

March 17, 2015 in Media Coverage

OCP Summit: Canonical Enables Interoperability for OpenStack Clouds

I spent the first part of this week at the Open Compute Summit in Santa Clara where industry leaders came together to collaborate and innovate on next generation scale-out datacenter architectures. There was much discussion at the Summit about what it means to truly be “open” and many provided proof points and demonstrations of initiatives designed to further an open datacenter ecosystem.

March 16, 2015 in Media Coverage

DataCentred builds OpenStack cloud with 64-bit ARM

British provider is the first to roll out HP’s Moonshot micro-servers with ARM inside

March 16, 2015 in Media Coverage

Review: HP’s Moonshot is flexible, manageable, amazing

HP’s cartridge-based, hyperscale computing system brings significant server power and high efficiency to a variety of workloads

February 20, 2015 in Media Coverage

Red Hat bolsters cross-vendor compatibility of ARM datacentre architecture

Red Hat announced this week that its ARM Partner Early Access Programme, launched six months ago with the aim of facilitating partner system designs based on the 64-bit capable ARMv8-A architecture, has completed a critical hardware enablement phase.

February 20, 2015 in Media Coverage

Red Hat ARM Partner Early Access Program Reaches New Milestones

Program grows to more than 35 participating organizations; completes the hardware enablement phase for multiple silicon designs

February 18, 2015 in Media Coverage

Defections to ARM hurt PowerPC, MIPS

ARM is enjoying fresh support. For example, AppliedMicro—which offers embedded processors based on MIPS and PowerPC—is now looking to ARM for its newer embedded chips.

February 05, 2015 in Media Coverage

Embedded World 2015 Preview

Applied Micro will be showing off their 64-bit, 2 GHz HeliX 2 System-on-Chip (SoC). The quad core system is compliant with ARM’s 64-bit V8 architecture.

January 30, 2015 in Media Coverage

ARM 64 Bit: walkthrough of the Mustang

The Mustang, or more properly the X-Gene X-C1 evaluation kit, is APM’s evaluation board for the APM883208-X1 processor, an 8-core, 64-bit ARM processor that is one of the earliest incarnations of ARM’s v8 architecture, ARM’s silver bullet for the server market.

January 09, 2015 in Media Coverage

Open Server Summit Shines on Software-Defined Architectures

Hewlett Packard is one of the first big server vendors to bring this to market with its recently announced M400 cartridge for the Moonshot server. This cartridge is based on the X-Gene Server on a Chip (SoC) from Applied Micro Circuits Corporation and ships with a version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

December 29, 2014 in Media Coverage

Open Is The New Tack: IBM, Google Using OpenPOWER To Advance Intel Alternatives

Products like the Applied Micro X-Gene system I mentioned are still early in their lifecycles and far from optimized, meaning performance will only get much better, indeed initial systems are designed for software porting not performance benchmarking.

December 22, 2014 in Media Coverage

Review: Thecus N4310

There are many impressive network-attached storage (NAS) solutions now on the market, and plenty that come equipped with all manner of bells and whistles. Cost, however, continues to act as a barrier to mainstream adoption, and that’s an obstacle Thecus is hoping to overcome with the new N4310.

December 05, 2014 in Media Coverage

Eurotech Hive Takes The Sting Out Of Density

Back at the International Supercomputing Conference in June, supercomputer maker Eurotech dropped some hints about its future water-cooled Aurora systems that would employ a mix of ARM processors and Nvidia Tesla GPU accelerators in a dense form.

November 21, 2014 in Media Coverage

CERN Researchers Explore x86 Alternatives

Energy consumption has become a constraining feature on the growth of computing systems, such that the industry has shifted its focus from pure performance to performance-per-watt. As a result, there is increased interest in newer chip architectures that emphasize energy efficiency.

October 28, 2014 in Media Coverage

CERN scientists pit ARM vs Xeon in intriguing contest

A group of boffins from CERN have compared Applied Micro’s X-Gene 1 64-bit ARM-based XC-1 development board to the Intel Xeon E5-2650 and the Xeon Phi SE10/7120.

October 28, 2014 in Media Coverage

Microsoft toys with ARM-based chips for Windows Server

Microsoft Corp. is reported to be testing an ARM-based version of Windows Server, according to Bloomberg, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the company’s plans.

October 28, 2014 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) a Play on Processors and Network Accelerators

Roth Capital Partners Analyst Krishna Shankar says Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) is a good play on processors and network accelerators.

October 16, 2014 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro to Move ARM Into Single-Board Computers

The new device, part of the HeliX family, is based on the microarchitectural developments introduced in the X-Gene family for small servers.

October 07, 2014 in Media Coverage

Dell expands stable of ARM server prototypes, but is not shipping products yet

Dell showed a new proof-of-concept, ARM-based storage server at the TechCon conference in Santa Clara, California, last week. It is the latest experimental 64-bit ARM server being offered by Dell for customers to develop and test applications.

October 07, 2014 in Media Coverage

ARMv8 Goes Embedded with Applied Micro’s HeliX SoCs

At ARM TechCon 2014, Applied Micro (APM) had a very interesting update to their 64-bit ARM v8 product line. They launched two SoC families, HeliX 1 and HeliX 2. Both of them are based on the X-Gene ARMv8 cores developed for servers, but appropriately scaled down to fit in the 8 W - 42 W TDP scenarios for the embedded market.

October 03, 2014 in Media Coverage

Applied Micro Unveils 64-Bit ARM ‘HeliX’

Applied Micro showed up at ARM TechCon with a new 64-bit ARM processor called HeliX, an embedded chip aimed at market segments like networking and communications, imaging, storage, and industrial systems.

October 02, 2014 in Media Coverage