Arm launches new chip design for cloud and data centres

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Arm launches new chip design for cloud and data centres
Neoverse N2 CPU.

Arm, the British chip technology firm owned by SoftBank Group, has launched its next generation of data centre chip technology called Neoverse N2 to meet the explosive growth of data from 5G and internet-connected gadgets.

The company's energy-efficient technology powers most mobile phones, but it has been making a big push into data centre processors where Intel and Advanced Micro Devices have long dominated.

Arm said companies like Ampere, Amazon, Fujitsu and Alibaba already develop processor chips based on its technology for their data centres.

It said Neoverse N2, which is built around the Arm v9.0-A or Harvard architecture, increases power efficiency, although it declined to provide specific numbers.

However, Arm claims the 32/64 N2 bit processor offers a 40 per cent performance increase over its N1 predecessor.

"Our partners are taking this and building very efficient solutions to target the problem spaces that they're going after," Dermot O'Driscoll, Arm's vice president for product solutions, said during a Q&A session about the new product.

"So we do expect to see some pretty compelling data points going from N1 to N2."

Arm said that chip giant Nvidia latest data centre processor Grace is built using the Neoverse N2 design.

Earlier this month, Arm sued chip maker Qualcomm and designer Nuvia for breach of license and trade mark.

Qualcomm is planning ot use Nuvia's chip design to develop a data centre specific processor.


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