The ARM64 Race

At a recent talk SoftIron gave a talk about ARM64 versus x86 servery, it was emphasized that comparisons are often apples v oranges. Given the right race, ARM64 is competitive today, say, in storage servery. That’s because smaller cores distributed with lots of storage hanging on each is a better match to the workload. Further, ARM64 is becoming competitive in its 1st generation while x86 is on its umpteenth generation. With the large cast of developers and interest from large customers, growth/maturity could come very rapidly.

Another point made that’s relevant to me is that SoftIron announced the SoftIron Overdrive 1000, a desktop box that’s an ARM64 server for $599 that’s similar to what I want to replace my Beast (AMD 1120, gigabit/s NIC, SATA). The

audience was keen to know how it worked as a desktop PC… Chuckle. Intel should be very afraid of this technology. It gives people choice not just in OS but also in hardware. Instead of “Intel Only” the world right down to consumers is becoming all about choice.

The SoftIron product is a good match for what I want except that it comes with 8gB RAM included. I want more RAM/storage and for a lower price. Hence my choices are looking right in line with how the market is moving. At least SoftIron delivers a product today and it has DIMM sockets rather than SODIMM. I expect this increased competition will lower prices sharply this year.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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3 Responses to The ARM64 Race

  1. oiaohm says:

    Still what is in 3000 dollar box is not a full A1100 ported out motherboard.

    HuskyBoard CPU came out of FAB that was not AMD normal FAB. AMD has had to wait for their FAB to upgrade before they could mass produce.

    AMD biggest problem is their FAB is massively tech behind.

    Due to the HuskyBoard original being in small volume they went for 3 thousand dollars each and sold out insanely fast.

  2. dougman wrote, “the pricing seems shoddy”.

    No. It’s supply and demand. There are still very few entries in this space, small developer’s boards. Their next size up is ~$3K… From that perspective this is affordable. It’s interesting that it’s out just before the proposed release of Cello. If there were five other similar products at a variety of prices, we’d have actual competition rather than first to market gets to demand whatever he can. There’s still the mystery of the HuskyBoard announced last year and still not readily available. Are they working on version 2.0? Waiting for this announcement so they can show a lower-priced offering? It’s rather strange. Normally, one should expect advantages for being first to market. Why aren’t there a bunch out there already?

  3. dougman says:

    “server for $599”

    I don’t know, the pricing seems shoddy.

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