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Hydra is the name of Qualcomm’s 64-core ARM server processor


In addition to announcing its future flagship mobile SoC, the Snapdragon 820, leading mobile chipset maker Qualcomm is working on a new ARM based server solution. According to the details, the processor is not going to use the company’s mobile processors, and from the looks of it, it is not going to be using Cortex-A57 or Cortex-A72 cores from ARM either.

Instead, a custom made processor will be manufactured, and will feature 64 cores belonging to ARM. The codename used for the processor is Hydra, and the use of 64 cores in a server environment will be doing wonders in highly parallel applications. Qualcomm and ARM have been working on Hydra for quite some time now.

Due to the amount of time being taken by both firms to roll out the products, it is possible that some models are scrapped, in case they are unable to meet the capabilities of the competition. This is in line with AMD’s Project Skylake, which was an abandoned server processor solution comprised up of Cortex-A57 cores. The paramount reason why AMD did not release the product for enterprise and commercial use was because it was too late to enter the market.

Currently, Intel is raking significant amounts of revenue from its Xeon server processor sales. However, despite the fact that these chips exude ridiculous amounts of processing power, their expensive price tags and high power consumption attribute do not play nicely with the enterprises’ yearly financial reports.

This is where ARM is going to play a significant role in the server market. With its 64 bit custom cores, the processors will go easy on the wallet of companies and reduce power consumption to a tenth of what Xeon processors consume, which in turn, will threaten Intel’s supremacy in the market.

Another advantage of the 64-core design is that more than one Hydra can be used in multi CPU servers, which will make it even more capable while reducing its overall cost. Using this strategy, companies will be looking to purchase more ARM-based server processors rather than acquiring exorbitantly priced Xeon chips, which do not appear to have their price tags reduced anytime in the distant future.

Source: www.tripletremelo.com

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