Calxeda: ARM-based HP Moonshot 'later this year'

Calxeda: ARM-based HP Moonshot 'later this year'

Summary: HP's Moonshot servers went into production with Intel's Atom processor first, but expect a fast follow with an ARM system powered by Calxeda.

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Calxeda, the processor provider for HP's first Moonshot system, said on Tuesday that a second effort will be in production "later this year."

When HP officially launched its Moonshot server family on Monday, it chose to go with Intel's Atom processors. The Moonshot platform is designed to be processor agnostic so Calxeda's omission wasn't a slight or indictment on ARM. More likely, HP's decision to go with Atom was more about being an option for all those x86 applications in the field.

According to Calxeda, the ARM HP Moonshot system will feature four ECX-1000 servers, running at 1.4 Ghz, each with 4 GB DRAM.

HP executives on Monday noted that x86 architecture isn't going away any time soon. More likely is that ARM and x86 will co-exist for years to come in data centers.

Calxeda is in HP's Pathfinder Innovation Ecosystem, which includes 25 partners. Based on HP's chip partner list, it's likely Moonshot will ultimately feature AMD, Applied Micro and Texas Instruments processors at some point.

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Topics: ARM, Data Centers, Hewlett-Packard, Servers

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  • Will it be too little, too late?

    The HP supertanker has been attempting to turn around forever. Low power server clusters are a good way to go - but they have wasted most of the last 5 years (when that concept was new and exciting). Can they jettison distractions fast enough and get real momentum on this strategy in time?
    dimonic
  • I'm intrigued by the concept.

    An ARM based server will save hundreds on a company's electric bills.
    Richard Estes
  • Anandtech Did A Review Of A Calxeda Server

    For those interested in areas where such a wimpy processor can be an advantage, go read Anandtech's review. Executive summary: less CPU grunt (of course) and lower memory bandwidth, but better memory latency and higher I/O throughput.
    ldo17