Socionext makes 24-core ARM server processor

Socionext, a supplier of SoC-based solutions, has introduced a new ARM-based multi-core processor. The ‘SC2A11A’ SoC Integrates 24 cores of ARM Cortex-A53 on a single die, and is intended to address the needs of growing applications such as data centre servers for online service providers and edge computing in IoT (Internet of Things) systems.

The SoC looks to maximise the hardware efficiency of data centre server systems, a scalable, distributed computing server system with power-efficient processors and optimised memory architecture. The SC2A11A provides optimal CPU balance of performance and power consumption to meet those requirements, incorporating 24 cores of power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53, along with 64-bit memory.

The small core solution implemented in the SC2A11A does not require an advanced cooling system, so the PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) coefficient is much improved, when the SoC is utilised for the data centre servers.

The SC2A11A‘s performance and the power efficiency are suitable not only for data centers but also for edge computing applications, which is seeing rapid growth as the IoT (Internet of Things) expands.

Main specifications of SC2A11A include the following:

Processor : Cortex-A53 MPCore 24cores, 1GHz, L1 I/D=32KB/32KB, L2 =256KB, L3 =4MB

Memory I/F : DDR4-2133Mbps 64-bit + ECC

PCIe : PCI Express Gen2, Root/Endpoint select, 4 lanes (2 systems/ for SoC IF)

LAN : 2ch 1Gbps with IPSec Network Offload Engine (wire-speed)

Flash I/F : HSSPI, eMMC Serial I/F : UART, I2C, GPIO

Neil Tyler