) launched ThunderX yesterday - an entire family of ARM-based
processors, with game changing applications in computing, storage
and networking. This leading maker of semiconductor products is the
first processor vendor, to have announced such capabilities with
ARM, contending with
) Xeon processor family.
The 2.5GHz 48 core ThunderX is being touted by Cavium as the
world's highest performing low-power 64-bit ARMv8 SoC family of
workload optimized processors. This product family is based on
custom processor cores designed in the 28nm process technology,
under an architectural license from
ARM Holdings plc
With best-in-class data center and cloud processors, Cavium is
introducing four versions of the ThunderX chips for different
markets - secure servers, networking, storage and traditional
computing. The chip family proposes to deliver industry-leading
ARMv7 SoC performance with unmatched levels of integration.
These processors intend to provide enough computing, memory and I/O
on chip and between chips to meet the requirements of the
scaled-out data center where the objective is to pool resources in
order to achieve energy efficiency.
Cavium also announced plans for server contributions to the Open
Compute Project (OCP) Foundation, based on ThunderX processor
family, so as to facilitate the community's mission of creating
efficient designs for scalable computing.
A number of support service providers have announced collaborations
with Cavium in support of its new family of processors. Canonical,
the company behind Ubuntu, proclaimed extended support to the
ThunderX SoC family, continuing its strategic partnership with
Cavium that delivered Ubuntu 13.10 support for ThunderX in 2013.
MontaVista Software, LLC, a leading provider of Carrier Grade Linux
and Cloud Platform software solutions, declared the availability of
the MV Cloud platform for the ThunderX SoC product family. American
Megatrends, Inc. is collaborating with Cavium to deliver
comprehensive firmware and platform management solutions in the
scale out data center and cloud industry.
These partnerships will aid Cavium's differentiating technology and
are crucial to the success of ThunderX in the server market.
Cavium is hoping to leverage its ThunderX chip technology in order
to challenge the networking empire of industry leader Intel, while
competing with other players such as
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Applied Micro Circuits Corp.
With its proven technical expertise and core competence in its
fundamental operations, Cavium is well poised to become a leading
provider of the most challenging cloud workloads of the future.
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