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Posted by on May 18, 2012 in Hardware News |

ARM architectures, MIPS and Power challenge x86 server market

The server market is changing at a faster pace than expected, and analysts say next year will be one of the most interesting because many server manufacturers mustering their new Blade servers based on three different architectures aimed at different market segments : ARM (ARMv8 64 bits), MIPS (MIPS32/MIPS64) and Power.

Power Architecture (has nothing to do with the IBM Power CPUs) used in companies such as Freescale microprocessors (chips QorIQ ) is currently considered the biggest challenge to the hegemony of x86 microprocessors from Intel and AMD in the market servers.

But Power is not the only challenges x86 architecture, it will be added the recent ARMv8 to 64-bit ARM and MIPS (which recently introduced its new micro-architecture APTIV ) and MIPS32 architectures with MIPS64, which during next year is expected to be available in many blade servers based on them.

Rob Pettigrew, Director of Marketing at Emerson Network Power, purveyors of Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA), a company that has a market share of 19.2% in the server segment for the segment of integrated (embedded), states that during the 2013 will offer its new blade servers:

ATCA-9405: Based on 2 CN6880 OCTEON II microprocessors (based on MIPS32 architecture cnMIPS32 with frequencies up to 1.5GHz), Cavium. Version is expected with the microprocessor-based OCTEON MIPS64 III and manufactured with the 28nm manufacturing process.

Katana QP: Based on Freescale MPC7448 microprocessors to 2 (Power Architecture) running up to 1.4GHz.

These new servers will coexist with their current lines of x86-based servers, and future products based on ARMv8.

Link: Freescale faces up to Intel in the blade server market (ElectronicsWeekly)

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