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AppliedMicro, Altera to tackle data centre challenges

Posted: 17 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:FPGA  silicon solutions  server on a chip  data centre  X-Gene processor 

Altera Corp. is working with Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AppliedMicro) in a joint development and marketing of optimised solutions for data centre applications. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding that will enable them to combine advanced Altera FPGAs with AppliedMicro's silicon solutions, as well as the AppliedMicro's full line of connectivity and ARM 64bit X-Gene Server on a Chip products.

"This agreement underscores our continued focus on enabling integrated, purpose-built solutions for our data centre OTN customers," said George Jones, vice president, co-GM, connectivity products of AppliedMicro. "Combining Altera's advanced FPGA technology with our X-Gene Server on a Chip, Gearbox, PQX and QPSK products will provide our customers with highly optimised, cost-effective designs for next-generation data centre infrastructure."

The collaboration will include shared efforts on system solution definition, co-development of reference designs and supporting software development. The resulting designs will combine the robust silicon and software from AppliedMicro with the performance and flexibility advantages of Altera's FPGAs.

"We believe the combination of the AppliedMicro processing and connectivity solutions with our FPGA technology will result in some of the industry's most innovative, flexible, and high-performance solutions for data-centre and OTN applications," commented Scott Bibaud, senior vice president and general manager, communication and broadcast division at Altera. "This cooperation will deliver optimised solutions in a highly attractive cost structure for our mutual customers."

The strategic cooperation initiative provides for the closely-coupled definition and development of solutions for high throughput data centre server, storage and connectivity. Specifically, the companies intend to develop solutions that combine the AppliedMicro ARM 64bit X-Gene processor offerings and advanced FPGAs from Altera.

The combined technologies will facilitate rapid adoption across enterprise networking platforms, next generation data centres and storage. The cooperation will span from hardware to software, providing the basis for extremely fast-turn designs in these multiple application areas.

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