Arm launches new chip design for cloud and data center


By Jane Lanhee Lee

OAKLANDCA – Arm Ltd, the British chip technology company owned by SoftBank Group Corp, on Wednesday launched its next generation of data center chip technology called Neoverse V2 to address the explosive data growth of 5G and connected gadgets to internet.

Arm creates underlying intellectual property that other companies such as Qualcomm or Apple then license to create their own processor chips. Arm’s technology powers most mobile phones, but it’s made a big inroad in data center processors where Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices have long dominated.

Arm said companies like Ampere, Amazon, Fujitsu and Alibaba are already developing Arm-based processor chips for their data centers. He said Neoverse V2 increases energy efficiency, although he declined to provide specific numbers.

“Our partners take that and build highly effective solutions to target the problem spaces they’re looking for,” said Dermot O’Driscoll, Arm’s vice president for product solutions, during a Q&A session on the new product. “So we expect to see some pretty compelling data points moving from V1 to V2.”

Arm said Grace, the latest data center processor from chip giant Nvidia Corp, is built using the Neoverse V2 design.


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