Calxeda Named Lead Partner for ARM® 64-bit Cortex-A57 Technology

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Company Collaborating with Ecosystem Leaders on 32- and 64-bit Technology

Calxeda, the company that is already reinventing the datacenter with its ARM® technology, has announced it is licensed to obtain early access to the highly anticipated ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit technology announced this week by ARM Holdings at the ARM TechCon conference.

“Gaining early access to ARM’s Cortex-A57 technology enables us to be in the 1st wave of 64-bit products based on reliable ARM Cortex technology,” said Barry Evans, co-founder and CEO of Calxeda. “When we deliver our 64-bit product, we will have two years of experience and two generations of ARM-based platforms under our belt, with leading internet customers in production, and a growing ecosystem. It is that experience and momentum that will keep us in front of a crowded field of newcomers.”

Calxeda has been collaborating with Canonical and Red Hat to develop the required OS support to enable the first generation of Server-on-Chip (SoC) Calxeda product, the 32-bit АRMv7-based ECX-1000, which is shipping now. Early adopters in the world’s financial services, education, cloud and Internet service provider sectors have been testing their applications on Fedora and Ubuntu operating systems since mid-2012.

"We are excited to be working with Calxeda on architecture enablement of their 32-bit and planned 64-bit ARM platforms. Over the past 18 months our teams have solved many real engineering challenges together and have had a chance to discover how enthusiastic we all are about the potential of high-density, energy-efficient server technologies," said Jon Masters, Chief ARM Architect at Red Hat. "Calxeda’s recently announced roadmap confirms that the next few years will be an exciting time to build on our collaboration as we enable kernel functionality and drive platform standardization to bring emerging hyperscale technology to enterprise datacenters."

Calxeda’s second and third generation SoC products will be based on 32- and 64-bit ARM architectures. Upon their release, customers will have a solid foundation to run their applications on top of existing 32- and planned 64-bit Fedora releases from Red Hat and Ubuntu releases from Canonical.
“Canonical has been working for some time to ensure that Ubuntu will support the newly-announced ARM 64-bit technology during 2013, and we are delighted that Calxeda will be in the first wave of silicon partners for 64-bit,” said Christian Reis, Vice President for Canonical Hyperscale Computing. “We have a close partnership and, as the only commercially supported operating system for 32-bit ARM v7 technologies, have ensured that robust Ubuntu and Calxeda systems are available in the market already."

About Calxeda
Founded in January 2008, Calxeda brings new performance density to the datacenter with revolutionary server-on-a-chip technology. Calxeda currently employs 100 professionals in Austin Texas and the Silicon Valley area. Calxeda is funded by a unique syndicate comprising industry leading venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM Holdings, Advanced Technology Investment Company, Austin Ventures, Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Vulcan Capital. See for more information.

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