(Reuters) – Data center chip startup Ampere on Tuesday released a new processor that it claims can outpace offerings from Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc, and said it has signed Oracle Corp’s cloud division as a customer. Led by former Intel president Renee James, Ampere’s processor uses technology from Softbank Group Corp-owned Arm Ltd, whose chip architecture powers most phones and tablets. Phone chips are often designed for efficiency to conserve battery life, but since its founding two years ago Ampere has focused on layering in its own technology to scale up Arm-based processors to compete with data center chips. These can use hundreds of watts of electricity to power the back end of websites and cloud services such as those from Microsoft Corp or Amazon.com’s cloud unit. Ampere designed its new Altra chip for cloud providers, who themselves rent out computing power to other businesses. Because businesses spend tens of billions of dollars on cloud services, small differences in chip speed or power consumption can mean hundreds of millions of extra dollars in sales or savings for the providers. “They can focus their resources on the thing that makes them the most money, which is building their… Read full this story
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