Rick Merritt, EETimes
8/21/2017 00:01 AM EDT
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Qualcomm will describe the custom ARM core inside its first server processor at Hot Chips this week. The Falkor CPU is at the heart of the company’s 10-nm Centriq 2400, a 48-core SoC that will ship later this year, targeting big data centers.
To date, a handful of companies have tried to gain footholds in servers with ARM-based products. They have generally failed so far because their parts could not match the performance of Intel’s x86-based Xeon. However, earlier this year Microsoft’s data center group announced it is testing SoCs from Qualcomm and rival Cavium.
It’s still unclear how Qualcomm will fare. The company did not provide any performance, power consumption or price information on its parts.