We already knew Qualcomm had given up on their Centriq processor since mid June 2018, but earlier this year, it seemed the solution had found a new life with HuaXinTong StarDragon 4800 Server SoC born out of a joint venture between Qualcomm and Guizhou provincial government.
The processor was allegedly a customized version of the original Centriq 2460 48-core Arm SoC.
But recent reports point out that 10 employees from HuaXinTong Semiconductor (aka HXT) have claimed the joint venture is closing down with executives at the company said the venture would shut down by April 30 in an internal meeting. HXT representatives declined to comment on the rumor.
The Arm server market is really brutal. Qualcomm and Guizhou government had invested a combined $570 million in HXT as of August 2018 according to company’s fillings. Broadcom and AMD gave up one Arm server chips a little while ago. AFAIK, this leaves us with three Arm server SoC companies: Ampere Computing born out of Applied Micro technology which was acquired by MACOM previously, Marvell with its ThunderX/X2 SoCs purchased from Cavium, and Huawei with its Kunpeng 920 64-core Armv8 server processor.