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Cavium ThunderX: 2.5 GHz, 48 Core ARMv8 SoC

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Published on 05 June 2014 11:15 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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Cavium has announced their "ThunderX" SoC family during Computex this week as "the world's highest performing and power optimized 64-bit ARM-based server SoC." The Cavium ThunderX has 48 ARMv8 cores!

While the ThunderX isn't yet shipping, it's promising 48 ARMv8 (64-bit) cores at 2.5GHz while still being a "low-power" SoC. There's also to be cut-down versions of the ThunderX in a 24 core configuration and support for dual socket configurations using a "Cavium Coherent Processor Interconnect." DDR3 and DDR4 memory are to be supported.

Announced thus far are ThunderX_CP, ThunderX_ST, ThunderX_SC, and ThunderX_NT varieties. Various Linux distributions will be supported for the Cavium ThunderX such as Fedora, Ubuntu, openSUSE, and MontaVista. Cavium is expecting for general sampling of the ThunderX SoCs in the last quarter of this year.

More information on this promising ARMv8 server SoC can be found via the Cavium press release. For those that think this sounds a bit familiar to the now-defunct Calxeda with their former ARM server ambitions, there are some former Calxeda employees at Cavium.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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