Ampere recently presented the 192-core Ampere One processor. This processor is the first high-performance data center processor focused on cloud applications that the chip manufacturer designed itself.
Whereas Ampere used to base its processors on Arm designs, such as with Altra processors, the Ampere One is the first processor of its own design. According to the chip manufacturer, it was time to design its own processor specifically suited for better (cloud) performance, scalability and efficiency. In short, a data center processor specifically for cloud applications.
The now developed series of Ampere One processors thereby features as many as 192 cores, with each core getting 2Mb of L2 private cache. Additionally, the processor features such as equal access to memory bandwidth, more detailed power management, process aging monitoring and various security features.
In terms of I/O, the processor now released is Ampere’s first to support DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. In doing so, it lags behind competitors’ processors that have been supporting these standards for some time.
It is not known when the Ampere One will be available. Other major chip manufacturers are also said to be working on processors with more cores now, writes The Register.
Next month, the AMD Bergamo processor with 128 cores is expected to be introduced. A month later, the Intel Sierra Forest Xeon processor might follow. These vendors also want to further curb the rise va Arm-based processors.
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