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Marvell fires first shot in ARM-x64 server scrap

Dec 06, 2010, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy Prickett Morgan)

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"Chip maker Marvell, which acquired the Xscale ARM RISC chip business from Intel in 2006, is now officially gunning for the chip giant in the market for low-powered, cloudy infrastructure servers. If there is such a market.

"At the ARM Techcon 2010 in Intel's hometown of Santa Clara, California, Marvell unveiled its quad-core Armada XP processor, which it claims offers up to five times the performance per watt as an equivalent (but unspecified) server chip from Intel.

"The Armada XP chip is based on the ARM v7 MP core created by Marvell, which is a licensee of ARM Holding's various Cortex ARM processor designs. The 32-bit Armada XP is implemented in 40 nanometer wafer baking processes and has four cores running at 1.6 GHz with a shared 2 MB L2 cache memory for data to play in."

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