Ampere, a high-performance computing company, today unveiled the industry’s first 80-core ARM architecture 64-bit processor, Altra, for server and data center products, with the goal of competing with the x86 camp represented by Intel and AMD. Now, Altra is starting to sample customers for cloud services and edge computing.
Including Microsoft Azure, Oracle, Lenovo, VMware, Giga, Micron, etc., service scenarios including data analysis, artificial intelligence, database, storage support, communication stack, web host, etc. , in the middle of this year began mass production.
In terms of specifications, Altra is based on ARM Neoverse N1 platform, TSMC 7nm process, main frequency 3GHz, single-way support for 8 channels 16 slot DDR4-3200 memory (maximum 4TB), 128 PCIe4.0, etc.
Although the power consumption is 210W, but considering that this is a “nuclear bomb”, should be called excellent. Jeff Wittich, vice president of products at Ampere, says energy efficiency is more important than the issue, as data centers currently consume 3 percent of the world’s electricity generation and reach 11 percent by 2030.
When it comes to performance, Renee James, Ampere’s CEO and former Intel “number two” president, said Altra consumes 4 percent less power than AMD’s most advanced 64-core EPYC 7742 processor. Performance is 1.23 times faster than the Intel 28 Core Xe on Scalability Platinum processor 8280.
Ampere’s predecessor dates back to Applied Micro, which and AMD were among the first companies to dabble in 64-bit ARM server chips, but then AMD shut down arm projects and App Micro was acquired by Macom in 2016. In 2017, Carlyle took over the server chip business from Macom and consolidated Ampere at the end of last year.