Applied Micro Rolls 64-bit Embedded ARM-based CPUs

02 October 2014

During the annual ARM TechCon, Applied Micro Circuits Corp. introduced what it claims is the first 64-bit embedded ARM-based microprocessors targeted at wired and wireless networking, networked storage, office automation and industrial controls.

Called the HeliX family, the 64-bit CPUs are offered in two-, four- and eight-core configurations ranging from 1.2GH to 2.4Ghz and with one-to-two channels of DDR memory, one-to-two integrated 10GbE NICs and I/O virtualization.

Paramesh Gopi, CEO of AppliedMicro, said in a statement that HeliX offers custom, high performance, energy efficient cores for a wide range of applications and “is designed to alleviate the fragmentation that currently defines the embedded market.”

The HeliX 64-bit CPU is available now for sampling and production. AppliedMicro said the 8-core, 2.4 GHz version addresses the high performance demands of the enterprise networking environment while the 2-core, 1.2 GHz version caters to the power-sipping demands of Energy Star compliant printers and routers.

AppliedMicro also acknowledged a design win for its X-Gene, its non-embedded 64-bit system-on-chip (SoC), in Hewlett-Packard that is putting the HeliX processors into two enterprise-class 64-bit ARM based servers, called the ProLiant Moonshot. HP said the servers will provide high-density, ARM-based systems for hyperscale, datacenter environments that need improved performance.

HP’s Moonshot enterprise server

The Moonshot server is based on the X-Gene server from Applied Micro with Canonical Ubuntu operating system that HP said will save on power, cooling and space resulting in up to 35 percent reduction in total cost of ownership compared to rack servers.

“ARM technology will change the dynamics of how enterprises build IT solutions to quickly address customer challenges,” said Antonio Neri, senior vice president and general manager, Servers and Networking at HP, in a statement.

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