Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was nothing compared to this

Well, this is one blog I never thought I would have to write.  As you probably know,  Calxeda has run out of funding and has closed our offices except a small crew working on a few customer projects.    In case you missed it,  here is our statement:

Over the last few years, Calxeda has been a driving force in the industry for low power server processors and fabric-based computing.  The concept of a fabric of ARM-based servers challenging the industry giants was not on anyone’s radar screen when we started this journey.  Now it is a foregone conclusion that the industry will be transformed forever.
Now its time to tackle the next challenge.  Carrying the load of industry pioneer has exceeded our ability to continue to operate as we had envisioned.  We wanted to let you know that Calxeda has begun a restructuring process.  During this process, we remain committed to our customer’s success with ECX-2000 projects that are now underway.
Calxeda is proud of what we have accomplished, the partners who have collaborated with us, the investors who supported us, and the visionary customers who have encouraged us and inspired us along the way.  We will update you as we conclude our restructuring process.   In the meantime, we want to thank you personally for your interest and enthusiastic support.   Its been an amazing journey.
Energy, matter, and innovation are never lost, just reassembled.  We look forward to the inevitable application of our ideas.
What happens now is up to the bank.   We will be working to find a way to restart Calxeda 2.0,  and there are many possible outcomes.  But in the meantime,  we are all looking to taking some time off and then job hunting in the new year. (Shameless advertising:  I will be taking a consulting role as analyst for a while; let me know if I can help you! )
Instead of lamenting the passing of Calxeda,  I’d like to focus on the amazing things we have accomplished.  First,  we have an amazing engineering team that has actually completed two SOCs and released the A0 Silicon into production.  I suspect that this is an industry first,  and is a testament to their talents and to the new development model made possible by the new age of “open silicon” and ARM.    We were very close to taping out the Lago A57;  who knows?   Could it have been three in a row?
But the real magic was the changes we catalyzed in the industry.   Yes, we ran out of money, but its because we all felt we should go big and fast in order to lead what is becoming a land grab for market share and position.  The learning here is that going fast is not always a successful strategy. In fact,  I would argue that we went so fast that our customers were lulled into believing that waiting is the best strategy;  after all,  we doubled performance in one year,  so why not wait until we double it again when we go to 64-bit Lago?   Fundamentally,  the technology is moving faster that the customers can adapt and adopt.
Thanks for following us.  Stay tuned.  There will be another chapter in the story!
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