Former Intel Employees form Ampere and Announce New ARM Processor
New tech companies form all the time, but few have the pedigree that Ampere does. Founded by former Intel executives and employees, Ampere has announced that they are launching a new 64-bit ARM server processor which will bring them into competition with Qualcomm, HP, and others.
The company’s first foray into the world of custom core ARM processors is a 64-bit device that will offer up to 3.3GHz, as much as one terabyte of memory, and a 125-watt TDP. The company expects to have these processors ready for shipment within the second half of 2018.
The main issue that Ampere’s new ARM processor will face is the same issue that other ARM manufacturers face. Currently, there aren’t a ton of applications that make use of them. However, Ampere expects that to change fairly soon. The company’s VP of software and platform engineering, Kumar Sankaran, said that it normally takes about eight years for a piece of hardware to truly catch on. He believes that within a few years, we’ll see a varied eco-system of software spring up around ARM architecture.
Currently, Ampere is targeting data centers and AI research labs with its new chip.
While it is impossible to predict the future of Ampere or its upcoming hardware, the company does have a lot of big names behind it. Many of its team are made up of former Intel staffers so they have some of the best talent in the industry. Only time will tell if their talent will be enough to allow them to thrive.
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