Qualcomm unveils details about the Falkor core at the heart of the Centriq 2400 server SoC
In recent months Qualcomm has been promoting the benefits of using large numbers of low TDP ARM SoCs in server and datacenter setups. Now they have unveiled details of their Falkor CPU core, which has been custom designed for server use and is included in the Centriq 2400 SoC.
The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 is being billed as the world's first 10 nm server processor and will be available in the last few months of 2017. The design is centered around providing a highly threaded system that minimises power draw and cooling requirements for hosting cloud systems, which Qualcomm believes ARM is ideally suited for implementation.
Some key highlights of the Falkor CPU core are:
- Fully custom designed ARMv8 64-bit core specifically for cloud datacenters.
- A scalable design which reaches up to 48 cores.
- Optimised for low power usage and performance under memory intensive workloads utilizing multiple threads.
It will be interesting to see what level of industry uptake these ARM based server processors receive, considering that x86 based designs often focus on comparatively power hungry cores to speed through heavy workloads.