Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor promises better performance than Intel

Qualcomm Centriq 2400Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies has revealed that Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor gives better performance than Intel — targeting advanced datacenters.

The 48 core Qualcomm Centriq 2460 processor offers 4X plus better performance per dollar and up to 45 percent better performance per watt as compared with Intel’s Skylake processor, the Intel Xeon Platinum 8180.

The price of Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor is $1,995.

Qualcomm said Centriq 2400 processor is the world’s first 10 nanometer server processor and the first high-performance Arm-based processor to offer high throughput performance for cloud workloads running in datacenters.

“Today’s announcement is an important achievement and the culmination of more than four years of intense design, development and ecosystem enablement effort,” said Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies.

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor, built using Samsung’s 10 nanometer FinFET process with 18 billion transistors on 398mm, contains up to 48 64-bit, single-thread cores, running at up to 2.6 GHz frequency. The cores are connected with a bi-directional segmented ring bus with 250GBps of aggregate bandwidth to avoid performance bottlenecks under full load.

The design has 512KB of shared L2 cache for every two cores, and 60MB of unified L3 cache distributed on the die to maximize performance. It has 6 channels of DDR4 memory and can support up to 768 GB of total DRAM capacity with 32 PCIe Gen3 lanes and 6 PCIe controllers.

Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor supports Arm’s TrustZone secure operating environment, and supports hypervisors for virtualization. The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 consumes less than 120 watts of power.

“We see great growth opportunities for the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor in the Arm-based server ecosystem in China. We are excited to work with Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies to drive datacenter innovation in China,” said Weifeng Zhang, senior director, Alibaba Infrastructure Services, Alibaba Group.

“We welcome choice in the processor design space for data centers. Choice leads to innovation which ultimately benefits our users. The 64-bit Armv8-A architecture and ecosystem is now a viable alternative for scale-out data center designs,” said Bart Sano, vice president, platforms, Google.

“HPE’s new Qualcomm Centriq 2400-based servers will meet and exceed our customers’ needs across a range of workloads from web front-end and data analytics, to NoSQL databases and telco cloud,” said Antonio Neri, president, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “We will ship these new server systems to early access customers in early 2018.”

“Qualcomm Centriq 2400 is well suited for parallelized workloads like those found in hyper-scale clouds,” Mike Neil, corporate vice president, Azure Infrastructure and Management, Microsoft.