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More powerful! Amazon designs second-generation data center processor chip

According to Reuters, two people familiar with the matter said that Amazon's cloud computing department has designed a more powerful second-generation data center processor chip, which shows that the company will continue to spend heavily on R & D and custom chips to respond to rapid Growing cloud career development.

People familiar with the matter said that the newly developed Amazon Web Services chip uses Softbank Group's Arm Holdings technology, which will be at least 20% faster than the first Arm-based chip, Graviton. If the chip is successfully developed, it will be able to reduce dependence on Intel server chips.

The two people familiar with the matter also said that although the new chips are not as powerful as Intel's "Cascade Lake" or AMD's "Roman" chips, they are cheaper and consume less power than Intel's high-end chips. Intel's powerful chips cost thousands of dollars, while Arm-based server chips cost less than $ 1,000. And Arm chips value "total cost of ownership", that is, speed, chip size, power consumption and cooling costs. In this regard, Arm-based chip products hope to one day rival Intel.

It is reported that Amazon's first Graviton chip uses Arm's older Cortex A72 technology and has 16 cores; the upcoming new chip is likely to use Arm's Neoverse N1 technology and is expected to have at least 32 cores.

One person familiar with the matter also said that the new chip will also use a technology called "fabrics" that will allow it to connect with other chips to speed up tasks such as image recognition.