Qualcomm has officially announced the commercial shipment of its newest 10 nanometer server processor series – the Centriq 2400 processor family at its press conference in San Jose, California. The latest processor designed for data centers is Arm based and is said to offer high performance for cloud workloads.
The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server processor family is built to deliver exceptional performance per watt and performance per dollar – two key metrics that determines the efficiency of the processor.
Qualcomm has built the Centriq 2400 series solution using Samsung’s 10 nanometer FinFET process with 18 billion transistors on only 398mm2 real estate, which is quite exceptional. The silicon contains up to 48 high performance cores, running at 2.6GHz and has 6 channels of DDR4 memory that can support up to 768GB of RAM.
Qualcomm’s newest server processor could be disruptive and ground breaking especially in countries like India where consumption of data is growing rapidly. Qualcomm’s power efficient and performance oriented solution could massively help players like Reliance Jio and others who handle large amount of data on an every day basis to cut down their data center operational costs quite significantly and pass on the benefits to end consumers.
According to Qualcomm, the 48 core Centriq 2460 processor offers greater than 4X better performance per dollar and up to 45% better performance per watt versus Intel’s Xeon Platinum 818 Skylake processor. The Centriq 2400 will be able to achieve exceptional performance, while consuming less than 120 watts.
Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies said –
Today’s announcement is an important achievement and the culmination of more than four years of intense design, development and ecosystem enablement effort. We have designed the most advanced Arm-based server processor in the world that delivers high performance coupled with the highest energy efficiency, enabling our customers to realize significant cost savings.
During the event, Qualcomm also announced that it’s already working on its next generation server processor named Firetail, which will feature Saphira core CPU.