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Amazon’s Cloud Unit Designs 2nd Generation Data Center Chip: Report

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Say hello to the second, more powerful generation of data center processor chip from Amazon Web Services. As reported by Reuters, the new chip will be at least 20% faster than Graviton — Amazon’s first Arm-based chip that was released in November last year.

Designed by Amazon.com’s cloud computing unit, the chip is said to use technology from Softbank Group Corp-owned Arm Holdings (most likely the Neoverse N1 technology). It is also likely to have at least 32 cores versus the Graviton’s 16. It seems Amazon’s Arm effort is making progress, Reuters quoted one of the sources familiar with the development as saying.

However, the new chip won’t be as powerful as Intel’s “Cascade Lake” or AMD’s “Rome” chips, the sources added.

Graviton, a multi-core Arm processor, powers AWS’s A1 EC2 instances claimed to be a great fit for scale-out workloads where you can share the load across a group of smaller instances. This includes containerized microservices, web servers, development environments, and caching fleets.

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