Calxeda joins the 64-bit ARM server chip race

Company will start production of 64-bit chips for ARM servers by 2014

By , IDG News Service |  Data Center

Calxeda will also help developers write applications for 64-bit ARM servers. ARM is already providing developer tools, and in August released code for Linux to support the ARMv8 instruction set, which is now being picked up by various distributions, including Ubuntu.

Other companies developing ARM server chips include Cavium and AppliedMicro. AppliedMicro hopes to come out with 64-bit ARM test servers next year, which ARM has said will be sold at a cheap price to developers in an effort to stimulate software development.

Calxeda on Wednesday also said it is developing a chip called Midway, based on ARM's upcoming Cortex-A15 processor core. The new chip will become available in 2013 and add more performance, memory and virtualization features, the company said.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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