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HP To Pitch ARM Servers Against Intel?

HP could be on the verge of launching a range of servers that use ARM-based processors developed by Calxeda, a semiconductor startup previously known as Smooth-Stone.

The company, who counts ARM as one of its investors and will make a major announcement on the 1st of November, has been working on a low-power ARM-based server that would consume less than 5W per node and utilise a quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, DRAM and a fabric interconnect.

Both Bloomberg (opens in new tab) and the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab) claim that Calxeda will be used by HP and is already in talks with other major server makers.

An anonymous source close to Calxeda told us yesterday that the HP ARM server rumour is not the whole story. The company will be pitted against Marvell with its Armada XP server range and Nvidia's Denver chips when it goes on sale.

Intel has some ultra low voltage Xeon processors, the E3 range, and told us that they will be launching an Atom-based server chip in the second half of 2012.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.