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Google has purchased a stealthy startup called Agnilux. Agnilux was founded by engineers who formerly worked at chip startup PA Semi, and it is supposedly making some type of server. This might prove for webscale there’s nothing like tweaking your infrastructure– from the silicon up.

Update: Google has purchased a stealthy startup called Agnilux, the company told us. The news was first  reported on PEHub. “We’re pleased to welcome the Agnilux team to Google, but we don’t have any additional information to share right now,” a Google spokesperson said.

Agnilux was founded by engineers (including Don Dobberpuhl) who formerly worked at startup PA Semi, which Apple purchased in 2008. The startup is supposedly making some type of server. Google buying such a company could go a long way toward proving that for webscale data centers there’s nothing like tweaking your infrastructure — from the silicon up.

We’ve written about SeaMicro, which is making its own specialty server using Atom chips, and Smooth-Stone, which is using its chip design expertise to build an ARM-based server, and discussed today how the tide might be turning when it comes to commodity infrastructure. If Google has purchased this startup with the goal of making its own servers run more efficiently, or to adapt them to Google-specific compute needs, that’s a huge bet on specialty hardware for webscale computing.

  1. If Dan Dobberpuhl’s ultra-short tenure at Apple is any indication, Google had better lock down the golden handcuffs really tight.

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  2. Smart people like to solve interesting problems and see their work have broad impact.

    Hopefully Google doesn’t let history history repeat the acquisition of PeakStream.

    Let great technology be visible. Let great technology be accessible. Let great technology flourish.

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  4. [...] come out that Google has since answered Apple’s acquisition of chip maker P.A. Semi with the purchase of AgniLux, a startup chip company founded by P.A. Semi employees who left that company when Apple [...]

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  5. [...] that are interested in using the low-power ARM architecture inside data centers, either. Google recently acquired a secretive startup called Agnilux that was rumored to be making a server with the ARM architecture. We also reported on a Microsoft [...]

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  6. [...] that are interested in using the low-power ARM architecture inside data centers, either. Google recently acquired a secretive startup called Agnilux that was rumored to be making a server with the ARM architecture. We also reported on a Microsoft [...]

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  7. [...] that are interested in using the low-power ARM architecture inside data centers, either. Google recently acquired a secretive startup called Agnilux that was rumored to be making a server with the ARM architecture. We also reported on a Microsoft [...]

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