Smooth-Stone Renames Itself, Hires World-Class Executives

ARM-, ATIC-Funded Server Startup Becomes Calxeda

by Anton Shilov
11/16/2010 | 12:00 AM

Three months after announcement $48 million funding by companies like ARM or ATIC, Smooth-Stone detailed its company momentum, including significant new executive hires, new office space and renaming the company.  The new name, Calxeda, pronounced “Cal-zeh-dah,” is a derivative of the Latin for "Smooth-Stone". Calxeda is developing ARM-based server products and plans to provide first samples of its industry-changing technologies in 2011. 


Calxeda’s business purpose is to remove barriers to innovation by supplying super-efficient technologies that deliver the performance businesses and institutions need, with an order of magnitude improvement in energy and space efficiency.

 “We believe the solution requires this order of magnitude improvement, literally ten times the energy efficiency, for half the price. This is within our reach with technologies we are developing at Calxeda. The response from customers and technology partners validates we are onto something big. The talented individuals joining our team, as announced today, provide further validation," said Barry Evans, chief executive officer of Calxeda.

In order to boost its competitiveness and add experience into its team, Calxeda hired renowned managers from companies like IBM, Marvell and Freescale onto strategic roles at the company:

Founded in January 2008, Calxeda, formerly Smooth-Stone, aims to bring unseen performance density to the data center on a very attractive power foot print by leveraging ultra-low power processors based on ARM architecture. Calxeda promises make it possible for data center managers to increase the density of their computer resources while significantly reducing the need for power, space and cooling, an ambitious promise for a company that presently does not seem to have either 64-bit capability on the CPU hardware level or infrastructural or software partners. Still, Calxeda is funded by a syndicate comprising venture capital firms and semiconductor innovators, including ARM, Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Battery Ventures, Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Texas Instruments.

“The industry needs a new clock, not just another tick or tock. Mere modest improvements in efficiency will not remove the barriers to innovation that frustrate clients today.  That’s why I came to Calxeda: to help turn this vision into a reality,” said Mr. Freund.