ARM servers: A great idea whose time hasn't come.
Calxeda has ceased to be. Not great timing for its employees, sadly. Nor for HP, which was about to launch the ARM-based version of its Project Moonshot hyperscale servers -- looks like it's now stuck on Opteron and Atom. To misquote H2G2: The low-power CPU market is mostly ARMless.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the future for low-power, ARM-based servers. Or lack of it.
Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.
Calxeda has folded. [It's] pursuing ways to repurpose or sell its intellectual property. ... In 2011, it announced it was developing ARM-based chips with up to 480 cores for low-power servers...due in Hewlett-Packard’s Moonshot system later this year. ... Calxeda failed to find additional financing, and its board voted to shut down operations.
Most of Calxeda’s 130 employees will be laid off. [But] there are many opportunities for people with experience on the ARM architecture, which is used in most smartphones and tablets today. MORE
Heavy hangs the crown, says plucky startup. ... "We simply ran out of money."
It was due to bring out a range of 64-bit ARM processors next year, and reported good success with its 32-bit ECX chips. [But] the business is closed...for employees, just a week before Christmas. ... The abrupt shutdown took many in the industry by surprise [and] is likely to cause shock in the tight-knit ARM industry. MORE
The paths to low power use servers just got refined slightly -- this trend is not so much about who or if but when. MORE