Cavium Powers ARM with new ThunderX Chips
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Cavium is aiming be a force of nature in the ARM chips market with its new ThunderX lineup of system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs announced this week.
At the top end of the new ThunderX lineup is a 2.5 GHz 48-core 64-bit ARMv8 SoC. The ThunderX is based on a 28nm process and is being built under an architectural license from ARM to be compliant with the ARMv8 architecture and the ARM Server Base System Architecture (SBSA) standard.
ARM announced the SBSA in January at an Open Compute Project (OCP) Foundation event, touting the promise that with the new specification application developers will not need to port their applications to multiple vendor-specific flavors of ARM.