The announcement of Amazon’s Graviton2 could properly have made AMD and Intel a bit nervous – Amazon is, in spite of everything, a buyer of each. Now, the 2 corporations have even larger cause to be fearful.
Parisian firm SiPearl not too long ago introduced it had signed a significant settlement with semiconductor large ARM. The French agency will use ARM IP (Zeus Neoverse CPU) to develop a brand new set of CPUs: Rhea, Chronos and one other unnamed mannequin.
The corporate is backed by the European Fee as a part of the European Processor Initiative (EPI) venture, which goals to design a excessive efficiency, low energy microprocessor for Europe’s first exascale supercomputer.
Three generations of processors are anticipated to be delivered in 4 years, which is a reasonably formidable timeline. SiPearl can even be closely depending on know-how from two different French corporations: Kalray and Menta.
Though SiPearl won’t, for the foreseeable future, produce any consumer-focused merchandise, its roadmap gestures in direction of an automotive POC (energy over Coax?) and an automotive central processing unit that might be on the horizon.
So, whereas SiPearl will not compete simply but with the likes of Ampere’s Altra, AMD’s Epyc household or Intel’s Xeon vary, it is one to maintain an in depth eye on as Europe wrestles to construct an HPC unit able to competing with international giants.