IDG News Service - Dell has built a prototype server based on a 64-bit ARM processor from Applied Micro Circuits, which showed the system at a conference in Silicon Valley on Thursday.
Dell has already said it was testing servers based on 32-bit ARM chips from Marvel and Calxeda, but this is the first time it has shown any hardware based on a 64-bit ARM processor. Sixty-four-bit chips are generally better suited to server use than 32-bit parts.
Proponents say ARM chips will be more energy efficient than x86 processors that Intel makes for certain cloud and analytics workloads, but the market is in its early stages, with plenty of hardware and software development work to be done. Analysts estimate the first 64-bit ARM servers won't actually hit the market before 2014.
AppliedMicro hosted a session on Thursday at ARM's TechCon conference, where it tried to illustrate how various elements of the 64-bit ARM server "ecosystem" are coming together.