Samsung has long been rumored to be developing ARM-based server processors, but the company is clearly keeping a lid on its processor designs.
Expect Samsung To Unveil 64-bit ARM Server SoCs SoonSamsung has long been rumored to be developing ARM-based server processors, but the company is clearly keeping a lid on its processor designs.
While chip designers such as Marvell, Calxeda and Applied Micro are much more outspoken about their products, Samsung only recently came forward with a note that it will, in fact, be offering 64-bit chips based on ARMv8.
In a statement provided to PC World, Samsung spokeswoman Lisa Warren-Plungy was still tight-lipped on product plans, but offered this quote:"Samsung is a lead partner of ARM's new Cortex A50 processors. However, we're not in a position to comment on our plans for how we'll use the Cortex A50 as part of our Exynos product family."
Samsung is expected to become a powerhouse provider among ARM server SoC makers, and the only company that is initially able to challenge Intel in manufacturing technology and resources.
Like AMD and Applied Micro, Samsung is holding back a server SoC design until the 64-bit design of ARM is actually available and therefore follows a different strategy than, for example, Calxeda, Marvell and Texas Instruments, all of which are offering 32-bit ARM SoCs for microservers. A key question for Samsung's SoC will be the technology it uses as floating point accelerators. There are currently different approaches, such as the path toward using DSPs (TI), or GPUs, which is the preferred approach at AMD.
Samsung could go both ways. Our sources at Samsung claim that "much more" information about the Samsung server SoCs should become available in Q1 2013.
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