Semiconductor maker Applied Micro Circuits CorporationAMCC crossed another milestone as enterprise software ecosystem provider SUSE expanded its partner program to bring support for 64-bit ARM server processors.
The development marks an important step for Applied Micro in the expansion of the enterprise software ecosystem around its award-winning X-Gene(R) server processor - the only 64-bit server processor in production.
SUSE's step will give its partners access to a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 through which they will be able to develop, test and deliver products to the market using 64-bit ARM chips from vendors like Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD , Applied Micro and Cavium, Inc. CAVM . It will also facilitate sourcing from server manufacturers including E4 Computer Engineering, Dell, HP and SoftIron, thus delivering improved options, flexibility and better opportunities to customers to achieve cost efficiency in their technology infrastructure.
The partner program will enable ARM ecosystem partners to create supported enterprise solutions on a range of hardware platforms, and thus cater to varied customer needs. SUSE Linux perfectly complements AppliedMicro's X-Gene technology, and leverages the high performance and notable power-efficiency of X-Gene server processors.
The demand for the product is being driven by both improving performance attributes of 64-bit ARM processors and their high power efficiency relative to rival processor architectures. Thus, support for 64-bit ARM processors will also unlock opportunities to expand the base of IT organizations that are adopting SUSE Enterprise Linux across various processor platforms.
As Applied Micro expands its ecosystem to support all important Linux variations, this might lead to many more datacenters conducting proof of concept tests on their systems.
Applied Micro currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). A better-ranked semiconductor stock is Ambarella, Inc. AMBA , carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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