ARM Holdings Will Go Head To Head With Intel In The Server Space – Gigabyte, Inventec And More Hop On The Bandwagon

If you’re probably unaware, let me be the one to tell you that ARM (Advanced RISC{reduced instruction set computing} Machine) is responsible for powering over 90 percent of smartphones in the world today.

Semiconductor manufacturer like Qualcomm- Snapdragons, Samsung’s Exynos, MediaTek’s Helios etc, Apple’s A-series, Nvidia’s Tegra, Rockchip, LG, Spreadtrum, TI (Texas Instrument) – just to name a few – all have their processors based off ARM’s architecture – some of which are custom.

With the help of mostly Qualcomm, Samsung, and MediaTek, ARM was able to dominate the portable device market leaving mere crumbles of what is left for Intel and other competitors to chew on.

ARM server

However, the presence of ARM-based chipsets is barely noticeable in the PC market likewise the server space – that are currently being dominated by Intel at over 95% with a measly share left for AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and other competing semiconductor manufacturers in this space.

In the light of increasing its user base and outstretching its arm into other potential markets, ARM will be entering the server market in partnership with five computer makers — for starters.

These original equipment manufacturers include Gigabyte, Inventec, Wistron, Penguin Computing and E4 Computer Engineering – they all showcased their respective server systems.

The servers are built to be able to support ARM’s 48-core 64-bit Cavium ThunderX chipset. The servers feature one or two sockets and were designed for internet and cloud workloads.


However, it remains unknown how likely the chipset licensing company can push its way effectively in an already dominated space – by Intel.

ARM’s biggest selling point for the servers based on its architecture are a better power efficiency over that x86 based counterpart – with the fastest possible throughput.

It is expected that more ARM servers will become commercially available in the long run so as to help push things forward. In the light of our statement above, an embedded systems company demonstrated a port of the popular FreeBSD operating system on a 96-core ARM-based server so we might even see a quicker adoption sooner than later.

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