Applied Micro’s X-Gene Is No Match for Intel Corporation’s Atom
By Ashraf Eassa | More Articles
March 10, 2015 | Comments (0)
Applied Micro (NASDAQ: AMCC ) hyped its X-Gene low-power server chips as a product that would fundamentally disrupt Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC ) position in the sever market. The company touted very high performance while promising much lower power consumption than the competition.
According to performance tests from well-respected technology site AnandTech, not only does Applied Micro's first-generation X-Gene not come close to Intel's top Xeon processors, but it is far less power-efficient than Intel's Atom processors at roughly the same performance.
Cutting to the chase
AnandTech's numbers show the Applied Micro X-Gene 1 delivers eight units of performance per watt. Intel's latest low-power Xeon E3 processors -- based on the company's Haswell core -- deliver between 20.7 and 22.4 units of performance per watt. Even the older-generation Ivy Bridge Xeon chip delivers 16.9 units of performance per watt.
While Applied Micro had positioned X-Gene as a Xeon competitor, its performance across various workloads isn't commensurate with Xeon. It does, however, deliver raw performance that is roughly in line with Intel's Atom C2750 part, which features eight Atom cores. The Atom part delivers 19.5 units of performance per watt, though, suggesting more than double the efficiency of the X-Gene part.
Does this surprise anyone?
What I find so disturbing is that Applied Micro's CEO repeatedly referred to X-Gene as "Xeon class" in interviews, conference calls, and other public comments. He even disparaged some ARM (NASDAQ: ARMH ) -based competitors for using ARM's own Cortex A-class CPUs, which are generally Atom-class in performance, rather than Xeon-class.
However, AnandTech's performance numbers don't lie: In single-threaded tests, the X-Gene at 2.4GHz performed roughly in line (actually slightly below in the LZMA single-threaded performance
The selling reference is usually confused by people not familiar with selling on a market. Selling occurs when the transaction is made below the ask price. Buying is when the transaction is made above the Bid price.
Were you just trying to be smart?
I seemed unbelievable as it would have been greater than a totl about face.
What Server/Storage Sales Data Says About Intel Corporation Cisco Systems, Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, And IBM
IDC reported growth of server/storage revenues and the implications for Intel, Cisco, HP, and IBM regarding their market shares
By: Larry Darrell
Published: Mar 9, 2015 at 10:42 am EST
According to IDC, global growth in server sales revenues was recorded at $14.5 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal year ’14 (4QFY14), up 1.9% year over year (YoY). Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) offset the not-so-impressive high-end server sales with the launch of its Grantley Xeon CPU and data center sales. Sales of x86 servers recorded a 7.1% growth, thus putting Intel under focus as the company’s CPUs are mostly used to run x86 servers all around the world. Non-x86 servers recorded a decline of 14% due to the reduced demand of Unix servers as well as mainframe servers. The recent data favors Intel over its competitors as the company has played well on its core strengths and major products.
IDC also estimated that revenues from global enterprise storage increased more than 7% in 4QFY14 against 5.1% in 3QFY14. IDC has indicated stable demand for mid-range systems and investments made in the Web.
IBM (NYSE:IBM) has been struggling. The Big Blue experienced a drop in its storage market share to 9% from 12.7% last year. IBM also recorded a 14% decline in revenues. The server market share for IBM has also dropped significantly to almost 14% from 26% in the previous year. Lenovo, on the other hand, managed to increase its server share to 7.5%.
PC giant HP (NYSE:HPQ) performed relatively better. According to IDC, the server share of HP has fallen to 26.8% and its storage share has reduced to around 13.8%. The company’s high-end server sales have not been impressive recently.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) Targeting Cheap Smartphone Makers With New Powerful Chips
By Brown Terrel
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is still trying to catch up in the smartphone market. At the Mobile World Conference recently, Intel unveiled a series of mobile chips that are powerful but cheap. The step is seen as a strategy for the company to woo cheap smartphone vendors. Intel is also expected to make announcement about its wearable projects.
Why is momentum shifting in INTC? Read this analyst breakdown.
Cheap smartphone makers are increasingly looking for new opportunities to put more power in their devices but still make the more affordable. In China, budget smartphone vendors such as Xiaomi have been able to significantly eat into the market share of larger rivals such as Samsung Electronics.
Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has launched mobile chips known as Atom X3, X5 and X7, for the smartphone and tablet vendors that want to put more power in their budget devices. The processors are expected to ship in a wide range of mobile devices this year, starting with the current quarter.
Vendors sign up for X3 chip
The X3 processor is a cheap and entry-level smartphone chip that is designed to support both 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. About 20 smartphone maker have already signed up to bundle X3 chip in their devices. The first phones featuring X3 processor are expected to start arriving this quarter.
The X5 and X
so what? I am willing to bet most people who read this thread have no position in ARMH. It seems you use ARMH as some type of straw man . They only argue with you because of your personality. You made ARMH the talk of the day.
why talk about weather? INTC is doing poorly. Hard shorting every morning. When will INTC NOT be short candidate?
lol That will turn this stock around
I don't believe in those 'technicals' as much as many do, but it seems there are enough technical trades to make that theory work outside of any news elements.
The reporting on this issue is mixed. Apple says no battery issues and external pressure caused the breaking screens, however another article clearly states batteries caused pocket burns etc.
In a much awaited move, mobile networking architecture will finally be available for the cloud. The advent of the new networking technology, vRAN (virtual Radio Access Network) by chip-maker Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and network builder Alcatel Lucent SA (ADR) (NYSE:ALU) is now set to redefine mobile operations and its future.
The new network architecture works on a very simple, however necessary, optimization feature, which will mean mobile users will never have to suffer from dropped LTE connectivity.
The new technology’s specialty is its powerful, cloud-located, baseband processing capability. Traditionally, the processing of radio signals is expensive and strains capacity as base stations need to optimize for data and voice traffic, especially during peak hours. The result is, if the cell tower maximizes capacity, then LTE connectivity is dropped.
For over 5-years now both Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Alcatel-Lucent have been in research and development cycles to resolve the issue. Now, with both the companies choosing to work together, a complete networking architecture is available, for mobile operations.
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