Ampere start delivery server processor with 32 Arm cores

Sep

18

2018

Chip company Ampere makes its first eMAG processors available for server applications. It concerns 64bit chips with 32 and 16 Armv8 cores, which have to compete with Intel’s Xeon chips.

The Ampere eMAG chips must have their relatively low price in combination with extensive I / O possibilities. The processors have a clock speed of up to 3.3GHz, contain eight memory controllers for ddr4-2667, offer 32MB L3 cache, support up to 42 pci-e 3.0 lanes and have a tdp of 125W. TSMC makes the chips on its 16nm process. The version with 32 cores has a suggested retail price of $ 850, while for the variant with 16 cores $ 550 has to be paid.

No performance benchmarks have yet appeared, so it is not known with which Xeon the eMAG chips should compete exactly. A disadvantage of the models is, in any case, that they are singlesock tips. Ampere promises that next year successors will appear who are multi-socket. In addition, these chips are produced at 7nm instead of 16nm, with probably advantages in terms of consumption.

The CEO of Ampere is former Intel top woman Renee James. The company announced its chip design at the beginning of this year, after which it turned out that the design was in line with that of Macom’s X-Gene 3, which had been released a year earlier, which came into the hands of the same investor as Ampere.

Arm chips have long been a promise to compete with the Xeons, but the market is less lucrative than expected, which caused Qualcomm, for example, to put its plans for Arm-server chips on the back burner .

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