"We are first in 10nm IC technology for mobile, and leveraging our expertise in ARM processors and system on chip design, we are the first with our Qualcomm Centriq family of server processors to bring the leading edge to the datacenter", said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager for Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, back in December.
Intel has been facing some serious competitive pressures lately. It also said it is offering to the Open Compute folks a "specification" for a server computer using Centriq, which it termed a "testament of a multi-faceted, multi-level, engagement between the two companies to facilitate ARM adoption into the data center".
Qualcomm on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Microsoft to accelerate next-generation cloud services on the 10nm Qualcomm Centriq 2400 ARM-based platform. Further, ARM-based chips have proven to be more efficient and output less heat, ideal characteristics for a server farm. With Qualcomm and Microsoft pushing this agenda forward as they will both benefit with Microsoft saving money on server purchases and Qualcomm opening up an additional revenue stream, there is a strong driving force to make this product a reality.
According to information seen by the Verge, Intel claims it nearly has a monopoly of the server market, as "98 percent of the cloud runs on Intel", adding $7.5 billion to Intel's coffers in 2016 Microsoft is working with ARM servers from two hardware companies, Qualcomm and Cavium, to optimise their machines for its data centre needs.
The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Open Compute Motherboard will be on display at Microsoft's booth A4 and in Mellanox booth C-23 at the 2017 OCP US Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., on March 8 and 9.
Colder air and snow expected this weekend
The weather service also said there is a chance of at least moderate snowfall with a coastal storm Monday night into Tuesday . This would be New York City's first snow in a month; Winter Storm Niko dumped 9.4 inches of snow February 9 in Central Park.
"We feel ARM servers represent a real opportunity and some Microsoft cloud services already have future deployment plans on ARM servers", said Leendert van Doorn, a distinguished engineer at Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing unit, in a blog post.
"We continue to look for ways to empower our customers to create wherever they are". The processors, well known for their power efficiency and wider choice options for vendors, is not yet into production but is being tested for such possibilities.
Intel may seem calm, but internally, the company may be planning a way to counter the announcement by ARM and Microsoft. That's why Microsoft's pledge to use ARM chips in its severs - hinted at for a while and outlined more fully at the Open Compute Summit this week - is such a big deal. It has multiple I/O and networking interfaces and supports the latest storage protocols. The chip was developed by AppliedMicro, which was bought by Macom earlier this year. It has up to 32 cores, support for DDR4 memory, and 42 PCI-Express 3.0 lanes for fast throughput.
What this'll mean for Cavium - if I'm right that it'll need to transition to newer technologies in this market quickly - is potentially increased research and development expenses as it's believed that each new manufacturing technology requires more R&D effort to utilize. The X-Gene 3, however, draws more power than its predecessor. The final shipment date for the chip wasn't announced.