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AppliedMicro's 64-core chip could spark off ARM core war

Agam Shah | Aug. 14, 2014
A decade-old race to crank up core counts in x86 chips may have lulled, but the competition has just started picking up in ARM processors.

Singh admitted the X-Gene has taken longer than expected, but the company's been putting in a lot of effort to develop the software and hardware ecosystem.

"We had to open a lot of doors to prove that we were a viable alternative," Singh said. "We had to drive a lot of that ourselves, just to make sure the debuggers, operating systems and everything were up and running."

Intel, Nvidia and AMD ship supercomputing chips with 60 cores and higher, but those are considered co-processors that work alongside main CPUs.

AppliedMicro shared details of its X-Gene 2 and X-Gene 3 at the Hot Chips conference.


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