Qualcomm’s 48-core 10nm processor

Qualcomm announced that in next year 2017, they will be sampling 48-core chip on 10nm process technology. If we recall ,over a year ago Qualcomm announced that they will be introducing a 24-core server processor built on its own custom ARM architecture, but now 48-core chip announcement is surprising.

Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager at Qualcomm:

“The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series processors will drive high performance, power efficient ARM-based servers from concept to reality. Qualcomm requires the leading edge of integrated circuit technology to deliver high performance at low power for the newest premium smartphones. 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 data center.”

If we make a list of companies with chips to launch a major server part based on ARM, Qualcomm would be in top companies and will be challenging other companies like Intel as they have a huge reserve of cash but AMD can’t match them.

As AMD’s  Seattle launch of its own hardware was delayed partly because the ARM software ecosystem wasn’t mature enough to build a competitive product until early this year and other vendors have closed their doors.

On asking about the company’s ARM roadmap from CEO of AMD, Lisa Su said:

So, from an ARM standpoint, we believe the ARM architecture is certainly important in certain market segments. From our view, we offer ARM as part of our custom roadmap. From a standard product roadmap, though, all of our eggs are in the x86 basket, and the point is there is just so much TAM for us to address with x86 and GPUs that’s where we’re focusing the business.

So if someone is going to make ARM based server it would be Qualcomm probably, but they will need to work hard to turn this dream into reality.

Qualcomm’s 48-core 10nm processor

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