Nvidia CEO: Tegra K1 ARM Chip May Be Used in Microservers
by Jeffrey Burt
Nvidia's Tegra K1, the powerful mobile chip introduced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January, could make its way into low-power dense servers, according to the company's CEO.
During a conference call with analysts and journalists to discuss Nvidia's first-quarter financial numbers, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said that while the 192-GPU core processor—which will come in 32- and 64-bit versions—is being aimed at products in the automotive and gaming spaces, as well as for differentiated products, there also has been interest from data center system vendors.
"I think we're seeing a lot of interest in putting something like Tegra in microservers, but one step at a time", Huang said May 9.
Microservers are highly dense, low-power systems designed to run large numbers of small workloads, the kinds of which are found in hyperscale data centers run by the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon. It's a point of competition between Intel and ARM, which sees a market for the highly energy-efficient systems-on-a-chip (SoC) designs that are found in most smartphones and tablets. ARM has taken a major step forward in pushing its data center ambitions over the past several months as it licenses the 64-bit ARMv8-A architecture to a range of chip makers, including Advanced Micro Devices, Applied Micro, Samsung and Marvell Technologies.