The AWS ARM Chip That Wasn’t

The Register has a juicy little inside scoop on the new ARM-based AWS Graviton processor. Evidently, the company originally tagged AMD to produce the chip, but walked away in 2015 when they failed to meet performance milestones. The chip still eventually shipped as the Opteron A1100, but without a given home in massive AWS deployments, its safe to say that AMD isn’t going to become a major ARM player anytime soon.

It’s remarkable that AMD has still given the data center another run with the new Epyc platform. Up until 2017, AMD has done little on the processor front to prove they could still innovate to stand out in the market. This AWS ARM venture is just another example. It makes their recent turnaround all that more remarkable in comparison.

Source: The Register

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Rich Stroffolino

Rich has been a tech enthusiast since he first used the speech simulator on a Magnavox Odyssey². Current areas of interest include ZFS, the false hopes of memristors, and the oral history of Transmeta.

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