AppliedMicro demos FPGA emulation of multicore server chip based on new 64-bit ARMv8 architecture

OK, well that didn’t take very long at all. Minutes after ARM rolled out the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture announcement at ARM TechCon 2011, AMCC announced that it will be producing a multicore server chip dubbed “X-Gene” based on the new ARM architecture. According to an EETimes article AppliedMicro was also demonstrating an FPGA emulation of a chip at ARM TechCon 2011 being held in Santa Clara, CA. The X-Gene chip will package “multiple” 3GHz processor cores, each with quad-issue superscalar pipelines. The chip will interconnect these processors with a “terabit high-performance coherent fabric” based on an on-chip 10Gbps LAN and with 100Gbps inter-socket communications ports. The company expects to be shipping FPGA emulation boards of the chip by January and plans to be sampling silicon by the second half of 2012. Standby power is said to be 300mW.

See the previous blog entry about the announcement of the ARMv8 64-bit processor architecture: “ARM unveils 64-bit v8 architecture at ARM TechCon 2011″


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