Calxeda Gets $55 Million in Funding for ARM Server Chips
Calxeda, which has a partnership with HP, leverages ARM’s chip designs to create its low-power EnergyCore chips for micro servers.Calxeda, among a number of vendors building server chips based on designs from ARM Holdings, is getting another cash infusion of $55 million, more than doubling the amount the 4-year-old company already has raised. Calxeda will use the money to help accelerate the innovation of its technology, as well as drive adoption efforts and reportedly to hire more people, according to company executives. The money, announced Oct. 9, is coming from Austin Ventures and Vulcan Capital, as well as existing investors. “This significant infusion of capital will accelerate the exciting trajectory we’ve been on for the past four years,” Calxeda co-founder and CEO Barry Evans said in a statement. “Businesses require a more efficient solution for the Web, cloud and big data. That is what Calxeda is now delivering, and this funding will enable us to go bigger and faster.” Calxeda, founded in 2008, is one of several companies looking to leverage ARM’s low-power chip designs to create chips that can be used in the data center. Such organizations as large Web 2.0 companies—like Facebook, Google and Microsoft—and cloud service providers are building huge, dense data centers that process massive numbers of smaller workloads. These companies are not looking for traditional power-hungry, powerful servers chips from the likes of Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. Instead, they want chips and servers that can run these large numbers of workloads in a highly power-efficient manner.
ARM’s chip designs dominate the mobile device space—such as smartphones and tablets—where energy efficiency is key. Calxeda licenses the designs from ARM, then adds in its own innovations—such as its own fabric technology and management engine—to create its EnergyCore products. Calxeda is working with a number of server makers—most notably Hewlett-Packard—to create low-power servers, sometimes called micro servers.