Qualcomm Layoff Affects ARM Server Division


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Apr 10, 2003
Qualcomm is laying off 269 staff members with jobs related to its ARM server division. Qualcomm hasn't announced that it is done with servers, but all indications lead to that conclusion. The Centriq 64-bit 48-core Arm-compatible data-center-grade processor project still lives on through the HXT server joint venture in China. The Broadcom takeover bid, Qualcomm cutting $1 billion in losses, failed NXP acquisition, and the layoff of 1,200 employees all negatively affected the company this year. When Qualcomm shareholders began debating the merits of the Broadcom deal, Qualcomm executives killed Centriq to cut costs. The layoffs will occur on February 6th.

At the end of November this year, a year on from Centriq's bombastic launch party in Silicon Valley, HXT revealed its Thang Long 4800 server processor was in "mass production." The specifications of the Thang Long match the specs of the Centriq 2400, such as core count, Samsung 10nm fabrication node, and Armv8 architecture, so we figure it's the pretty much the same chip. Thus, Centriq lives on, in China, while Qualcomm's larger dream of global data center triumph ripples away.
Hopefully this just means they are going to mush more on the ultra mobile market. I really think Arm is the future of personal computing for the most part.
But I thought ARM was the unstoppable wave of the future that could do anything.
so.. 1 less corp making an ARM processor.. that leaves how many hundreds left??
The layoff is not on the server division exclusively, but it affects other divisions as well. Gigabyte announced will start shipping Qualcomm server boards next year. And Qualcomm-based custom servers as the StarDragon 4800 family entered mass production earlier this month.