EZchip Unveils Plans for 100-Core ARM Chip
The semiconductor company is bringing the ARM architecture to the chip technologies the company inherited when it bought chip maker Tilera.EZchip Semiconductor, leveraging the technology it inherited when it bought Tilera last fall, is planning to put 100 ARM-based 64-bit cores into a processor aimed at a rapidly evolving networking market. EZchip officials will give details about the upcoming Tile-Mx chips Feb. 25 at the Linley Data Center Conference in San Jose, Calif. The multi-core processors were first discussed earlier in the month during a conference call to talk about the latest quarterly numbers. The chips are in development, but won't be sampling until the second half of 2016. However, company officials said the chips high core count, mesh connectivity and hardware accelerators will address the demands on data center and carrier networks brought on by such trends as mobility, big data, social media, the Internet of things (IoT) and the cloud. They also will dovetail with new technologies like software-defined networking (SDN) and network-functions virtualization (NFV) and the trend in networking toward open switches and white boxes. "The Tile-Mx is well underway, with a target of providing the highest core count at the lowest power, and the highest level of integration and performance through the inclusion of EZchip's market-proven technologies and accelerating network and packet processing," CEO Eli Fruchter said during a Feb. 11 conference call to discuss quarterly earnings, according to a transcript on Seeking Alpha. "We will provide a multicore CPU that is tailored for networking, and we believe that with the number of cores plus the EZchip network accelerators, we'll be able to provide the multicore with the highest performance."
The Tile-Mx chip family will represent EZchip's initial effort with the ARM architecture, moving away from the proprietary designs Tilera used in building out its multi-core portfolio. It also will broaden the semiconductor company's potential customer base. EZchip's merchant network processing unit (NPU) business, formed in 2003, works with established networking vendors like Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and ZTE.