Qualcomm Takes on Intel With Server SoC

Qualcomm, allied with fellow chip vendors Xilinx and Mellanox, has introduced its first IC for the server market, a 24-core system on a chip. The SoC is based on the ARMv8-A instruction set, and constitutes the physical heart of what Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) is calling its Server Development Platform (SDP). Qualcomm has entered long-term relationships with Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: MLNX) and Xilinx Inc. (Nasdaq: XLNX) to provide silicon that complements its server SoC. Mellanox is providing Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect optimized for scalable server and storage infrastructures. Xilinx, meanwhile, is going to provide FPGAs that will enable rapid development of a range of products, ranging from card level to highly integrated solutions. Target applications include compute acceleration, big data analytics, machine learning, storage and CloudRAN, the companies said.…


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