ARM-based server SoC manufacturer Calxeda shuts down shop

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ARM-based server SoC manufacturer Calxeda shuts down shop

In a statement released on Thursday, many-core server pioneer Calxeda said that it is shutting down shop, and added that most of its employees have been already laid off. The startup was one of the first manufacturers of low-power, integrated processors that use the ARM core.

About the reason behind its decision to close its doors, Calxeda - the maker of ARM-based server System-on-a-Chip (SoC) - said that it failed to hold on till the emerging market of low-power servers could become big enough to ensure its sustainability.

Revealing that Calxeda will shut down its operations beyond servicing its current customers and investments, the company's founder and president Barry Evans said: "Carrying the load of industry pioneer has exceeded our ability to continue to operate as we had envisioned."

Despite the fact that Calxeda was one of nearly a dozen firms manufacturing low-power, integrated processors using the ARM core, the startup's decision to shutter down its business will apparently not have much bearing on the overall trend towards low-power servers, mainly driven by bigwig datacenter operators like Google, Amazon, and Facebook.

Austin, Texas-based Calxeda was co-founded by Evans, Larry Wikelius, and David Borland in 2008. It was among one of the first ventures to attempt building a server platform with the 32-bit ARM v7 CPU instruction set, which is much more commonly used for very low-power application processors that power mobile client devices such as smartphones and tablets.


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