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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday February 07 2018, @06:13PM   Printer-friendly
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Ampere, a new chip company run by former Intel president Renee James, came out of stealth today with a brand-new highly efficient Arm-based server chip targeted at hyperscale data centers.

The company's first chip is a custom core Armv8-A 64-bit server operating at up to 3.3 GHz with 1TB of memory at a power envelope of 125 watts. Although James was not ready to share pricing, she promised that the chip would offer unsurpassed price/performance that would exceed any high performance computing chip out there.

The company has a couple of other products in the works as well, which it will unveil in the future.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:05AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 08 2018, @03:05AM (#634652)

    ARM is a disaster.

    It's an enormous blemish in the Linux repository, and it's basically useless without a pile of shite from "vendors", especially with regard to GPUs.

    Thanks, Brits!

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  • (Score: 2) by requerdanos on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:59PM

    by requerdanos (5997) Subscriber Badge on Thursday February 08 2018, @01:59PM (#634917) Journal

    useless without a pile of [binary blobs] from "vendors", especially with regard to GPUs.

    While this is true especially in the case of the raspberry pi series, which require a GPU blob even to boot, not all the ARM chips are created equal.

    There are ARM chips (and onboard ARM GPUs) that don't require binary blobs to function.

    ARM as an architecture is more of a guideline than a rigid single specification. As a manufacturer, you tick the boxes you want, maybe make some stuff up, and roll your own design when making an "ARM" chip. Wikipedia calls it, rather poetically, a "family of reduced instruction set computing (RISC) architectures for computer processors, configured for various environments" which says it nicely.