Calxeda dead: ARM in servers not such a great idea?

Calxeda ARM dead

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.


Agam Shah brings the bad news:

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


And Jack Clark misquotes The Bard:

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


But is this the end for green servers? Jay Cuthrell thinks not:

The paths to low power use servers just got refined slightly -- this trend is not so much about who or if but when.  MORE

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