Certainly Intel has a larger presence in servers than the upstart, Tilera, but Tilera has a better product due to sample next month
- in performance/W, and
Their new product has 36 ARM cores and two nifty DDR3 memory controllers giving a lot of throughput for very little power consumption. They can match a Sandy Bridge 8 core chip at 2.8gHz with 36 ARMed cores at 1.2gHz. Their next product up the pipe will give 2.5X as much performance for about the same power consumption. These chips will be very useful for folks who have maxed out space or power in the server room or for folks who just want the most power they can pack into a given space or budget.
Customers are already lining up for the chips.
UPDATE There’s a more in-depth article on this subject at Thinq.
Tilera feels they have a solution that scales better than Intel or AMD’s ring-interconnection of cores. They have 100 and 200 cores on the roadmap.