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Qualcomm unveils details about the Falkor core at the heart of the Centriq 2400 server SoC

A slide from the original December 2016 reveal of Qualcomm's server CPU plans. (Source: The Register)
A slide from the original December 2016 reveal of Qualcomm's server CPU plans. (Source: The Register)
Qualcomm is making a strong push into ARM-based server processors with their Centriq 2400 and the newly unveiled Falkor CPU core which they will be based on. This new core has been designed from scratch for low TDP high thread cloud datacenter usage.

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.

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Craig Ward, 2017-08-23 (Update: 2017-08-23)
Craig Ward
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.