The ARM server market is a dangerous place to be: Right now there’s virtually no money to be made. Some ARM server chip makers have quit, while others hold on to the hope that the market will someday be viable.
Qualcomm, which was late entering the market for server chips based on the ARM architecture, has been patient. The company doesn’t want to prematurely release server chips only to see them fail to catch on, said Derek Aberle, president of Qualcomm, during a speech at the company’s investor meeting on Thursday.
ARM licenses its chip architecture to chip makers, which then manufacture the processors and sell them to hardware manufacturers.