Calxeda

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Calxeda Inc.
Industry Semiconductor industry
Founded 2008
Founder(s) Barry Evans, Larry Wikelius, David Borland
Defunct 2013
Headquarters Austin, Texas, USA
Products System on a chip
Website www.calxeda.com

Calxeda (previously known as Smooth-Stone)[1] was[2] a company that aimed to provide computers based on the ARM architecture for server computers.

In March 2011 Calxeda announced a 480-core server in development, consisting of 120 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs.[3][4][5]

Calxeda claimed reduced energy consumption as well as better cost per throughput, compared to x86-based server manufacturers. They competed in the many-core server market against Intel and AMD, other recent ARM-based server vendors such as Marvell Technology Group (the Armada XP product), and the multi-core processor manufacturer Tilera.[6][7]

In November 2011 Calxeda announced the EnergyCore ECX-1000, featuring four 32-bit ARMv7 Cortex-A9 CPU cores operating at 1.1–1.4 GHz, 32 KB L1 I-cache and 32 KB L1 D-cache per core, 4 MB shared L2 cache, 1.5 W per processor, 5 W per server node including 4 GB of DDR3 DRAM, 0.5 W when idle.[8][9] Each chip included five 10 gigabit Ethernet ports. Four chips are carried on each EnergyCard.[8]

The UK-headquartered company Boston Limited announced in 2011 appliances based on the Calxeda EnergyCore system on a chip products.[10] Boston's appliances, marketed under the Viridis brand, were demonstrated in November 2012.[11] Hewlett-Packard used Calxeda products for a server product known as Moonshot in November 2011, named after the Redstone rocket.[12]

On 19 December 2013, it has been reported that Calxeda was going through restructuring, which was widely referred to as shutting down its operation due to running out of the capital venture funding, after failing to secure the deal with Hewlett-Packard.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Timothy Prickett Morgan (November 16, 2010). "Calxeda gears up for server ARM race". The Register. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/19/calxeda_shutdown/
  3. ^ Matthew Humphries (March 14, 2011). "Calxeda to offer 480-core ARM server". geek.com. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  4. ^ Timothy Prickett Morgan (March 14, 2011). "Calxeda boasts of 5 watt ARM server node". The Register. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ Rich Fichera (March 14, 2011). "Calxeda opens the kimono for a tantalizing tease of new ARM servers". ZDNet. 
  6. ^ Agam Shah (March 11, 2011). "Calxeda's ARM chips designed for 480-core servers". Network World. 
  7. ^ Rick Merritt (March 11, 2011). "Calxeda gives a peek into its ARM server SoC". EE Times. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "EnergyCore ECX-1000: Technical Specifications". Calxeda. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Timothy Prickett Morgan (November 1, 2011). "Calxeda hurls EnergyCore ARM at server chip Goliaths: Another David takes aim at Xeon, Opteron". The Register. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Boston unveils Viridis-branded appliances based on Calxeda EnergyCore SoCs". Press release (Boston Limited). November 15, 2011. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Boston Presents the First ARM Cluster That Consumes Only 5W of Power at Supercomputing 2012". Press release (Boston Limited). November 13, 2012. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  12. ^ Timothy Prickett Morgan (November 1, 2011). "HP Project Moonshot hurls ARM servers into the heavens: Redstone clusters launch Calxeda chips". The Register. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ Jack Clark (December 19, 2013). "ARM server chip upstart Calxeda bites the dust just before Christmas". The Register. Retrieved December 19, 2013. 

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