Tilera, which is developing chips with as many as 100 to 200 cores, gets $45 million in a fourth round of funding, with Cisco and Samsung among the investors.
Tilera, among the first in a growing number of processor makers looking to
manufacture non-x86 chips for servers in cloud computing and other
high-performance environments, is getting more support from a number of capital
venture companies and tech vendors like Cisco Systems and Samsung.
officials on Jan. 18 announced that the company, which has been selling
products since 2007, has raised $45 million in another round of funding, a move
that brings the total investment in the 6-year-old company to $109 million.
funding is an indication that Tilera, which makes 36- and 64-core processors
and is on schedule to start delivering a new family of processors that will
scale from 16 to eventually 100 cores, is onto something, according to Troy
Bailey, vice president of marketing at Tilera.
see that Tilera has innovative and important technology," Bailey said in an
interview with eWEEK.
funding comes at an already strong time for Tilera. The company has enough
business that officials expect to break even this year, Bailey said. In
addition, the $45 million is about twice what Tilera was initially shooting for
during the latest round of funding, he said. Officials expect this to be the
last round of funding.
latest round of funding-which comes less than a year after Tilera announced $23
million in March 2010-is being led by Artis Capital Management, and includes
investment from WestSummit Capital Management and Comerica Bank. Also
participating was Cisco and Samsung Venture Investment, which join prior tech
vendors like Broadcom, and Qanta Computer.
said Tilera will use the extra money generated by the latest round for more
sales and marketing efforts and more design work as the company looks to move
beyond 100-core chips to the fourth generation of its processors, a 225-core
chip code-named "Stratton," which is expected to show up sometime in 2013.
like other chip vendors, is looking to meet the rapidly growing demand for
smaller, less expensive, high-performance and energy-efficient systems for such
environments as cloud computing and high-performance computing. Qanta in June
2010 started shipping its SQ2
, which is powered by Tilera's TilePro64 processor and can hold up to
512 computing cores.
officials last year said they will use Tilera processors in SGI's
Prism XL-code-named "Project Mojo"-hybrid systems that also will take greater
advantage of graphics technologies from the likes of Advanced Micro Devices and
is gearing up for its third-generation, 64-bit Tile-Gx processors, which will
include processors with 16, 32, 64 and 100 cores. Bailey said the 16- and
36-core processors will come out first by the end of the year. The 64- and
100-core chips will start sampling later this year, and go into full production
in the first half of 2012, he said.
growing number of chip vendors are looking to push their smaller, more energy-efficient
processors into the data center, which has been the domain of x86 processor
makers Intel and AMD. ARM
Holdings, whose designs dominate the mobile device market, including
smartphones and tablet PCs, is pushing to move its chip designs into low-power
servers. ARM CEO
Warren East said in a December interview with Bloomberg News that processors
based on ARM designs will challenge
Intel's server dominance
by 2014. Samsung, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments
are among the vendors using ARM designs, and
Marvell has begun demonstrating its quad-core Armada XP chip, which can be used
in servers and enterprise-class networking devices.
known as Smooth-Stone-also is developing server processors based on ARM
designs, with plans to start manufacturing the chips in 2012. Lyric
is creating what company officials call probability
processors that work differently than Intel and AMD
both Intel and AMD are driving down the size
and power consumption of their x86 chips. However, Bailey said Tilera officials
are confident in their position. The company continues to offer greater
scalability, more cores and greater energy efficiency than those from Intel and
AMD, and already has a substantial lead on ARM
and its customers, who Bailey said is a year or two away from being able to
offer 64-bit chips.