Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Officially Launched

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Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Anand With Wafer
Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Anand With Wafer

We have been following the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 with great interest for some time. The new Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series is set to be one of the major server CPU announcements in what we call the “Anything but Intel” space in 2017. We already have a lot of details on the new Qualcomm Centriq 2400 line, and are at an event today for the chip’s launch.

About the Qualcomm Centriq 2400

We already covered much of the architecture at Qualcomm Centriq 2400 ARM CPU from Hot Chips 29 and more recently the New Qualcomm Centriq 2400 details 48 cores 60MB L3 cache over 2GHz. Qualcomm previously had kept items such as the speeds and pricing under wraps. Today at the official launch we have more information.

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 OCP Reference Server Platform
Qualcomm Centriq 2400 OCP Reference Server Platform

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 series will be produced on Samsung’s 10nm process node and packs 18 billion transistors in 398mm2. That means that Qualcomm can fit 48 cores and an impressive amount of cache into a small space. Here are some of the key stats of the Qualcomm Centriq 2460 CPU:

  • Model: Qualcomm Centriq 2460
  • Cores: 48 64-bit ARM
  • L3 Cache: 60MB
  • RAM: Up to 768GB
  • DDR4: Hex channel and up to two DIMMs per channel
  • Clock Speed: Up to 2.6GHz
  • PCIe: 32x PCIe 3.0 Lanes
  • Power Consumption: 120 watts
  • Single Socket
  • Price: $1,995

Overall, this is a great set of specs. During today’s launch event, Qualcomm will be showing off some key applications and use cases including:

• Web front end with HipHop Virtual Machine
• NoSQL databases including MongoDB, Varnish, Scylladb
• Cloud orchestration and automation including Kubernetes, Docker, metal-as-a-service
• Data analytics including Apache Spark
• Deep learning inference
• Network function virtualization
• Video and image processing acceleration
• Multi-core electronic design automation
• High throughput compute bioinformatics
• Neural class networks
• OpenStack Platform
• Scaleout Server SAN with NVMe
• Server-based network offload

Although we already knew Qualcomm was working with hyper-scale clients on designs like Microsoft at Open Compute Summit 2017: AI and ARM64 with Qualcomm, HPE is showing support launching servers with the chips as well.

Final Words

We are excited to see the new ARM server chip hit the market. Qualcomm does have a series of headwinds they are facing. We broke down the competitive pressures in our Qualcomm Centriq 2400 competitive headwinds piece. We are going to have more from today’s Silicon Valley event as soon as we can.

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