DELL and IBM have agreed to make low powers servers using the multi core ARM Technology from Marvel Technology Group for possible lower power consumption.

DELL Inc. and IBM are set to test multi core ARM processors from Marvell Technology Group for possible use in low-power servers for large data centers. It has being said that the open source equation has being the main driving force for the two big companies to pioneer this idea. They have been sniffing with the idea and now they are close to test results.

Both the companies have placed an order of few thousand processors to the Marvel Technology Group. Marvell plans to deliver 40nm ARM-based server chips this year. They will offer low power x86 based processors. These servers will be Dell’s first computers based on non-x86 microprocessors. IBM also believes that ARM may be successful in delivering servers and also welcomes the usage of Linux operating systems in the server space.

According to a DELL executive, the preferences were on higher side for DELL to use this technology. He also said that while from a decade of general purpose processors to application-specific processors we need faster and low energy consuming servers. For that he said, we need low energy consuming processors  and people shall examine these machines and they will be more appliance oriented.

DELL’s Chief Technology Officer for Enterprise Products, Paul Prince: said that they have been all over the processor now. He said that DELL’s low power consuming notebook was hit for the change in the market and drastic consumer demand. He added by saying that these servers will serve applications like file servers within large data centers, in order to compete against low-power microprocessors, both Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. He also added that  they are working on low-power x86 processors for embedded designs, which boast x86 performance, reliability, and 64-bit capability.  These processors are already been used by various other firms like Broadcomm, and many more on daily basis.

According to both the companies, the processor will make the server a huge hit amongst web hosting, web farms and light load infrastructures. These servers can be called as high density, low power and ‘ultra-light’ products.

James Dickerson, Director of ASIC Development at IBM Microelectronics: said that the processors shall drive of new force of energy efficiency. He said that as the customer wants a solution they shall provide it. He also added that IBM and ARM first began collaboration in March 1998. IBM plans to initially offer the RISC functions in a 0.18-micron process. Later on it has plans of incorporating fully-synthesizable cores in 0.13-micron and below feature sizes.

ARM technologies have engaged in to a fierce battle with Intel which is the largest processor maker in the world. ARM now plans to produce 40nm processor size as these processors will be used to help the production of super computers and improve many energy-related issues.