Anvidia Unveils an ARM Processor that will Compete with Intel Cloud Computing Processors
Anvidia unveils an ARM processor that will compete with Intel cloud computing processors.
The company also unveiled a number of new platforms including an autonomous vehicle platform and a platform for developing natural language services and designed for those who want to offer call systems in its services.
Anvidia’s CEO and founder, Jensen Wang, Monday announced a series of new products, led by NVIDIA Grace – Anvidia’s first processor for data centers based on the ARM architecture, such as the latest computer processors from Qualcomm, Apple and Microsoft.
This is not the first chip of its kind in the world, but according to Wang, its goal is to provide a solution for demanding applications such as natural language processing, recommendation and decision-making systems and AI-based supercomputing.
To illustrate the power of the new chip, Wang presented some data, such as a Grace-based system that would allow a natural language model to be trained with a trillion parameters 10 times faster than the NVIDIA DGX platform, based on processors in Intel’s x86 architecture. Grace will be available starting in 2023.
In parallel with the processing chip, the company also unveiled the data center processing unit (DPU), the BlueField 3. Developed in the company’s development centers in Israel (formerly Mellanox), and will be the first to offer a data transfer rate of 400gbps.
The chip is based on 16 ARM Cortex-A78 processing cores and offers 10 times improved performance for accelerated computing compared to the previous generation, and up to 4 times acceleration in cryptographic performance. The new DPU supports the fifth generation of PCIe technology. It will be available for testing starting in the first quarter of 2022.
Beyond these announcements, the company has also unveiled a number of new platforms. DRIVE Atlan, is an autonomous vehicle platform designed to power the next generation of autonomous cars and will likely compete with Intel’s Mobilai Drive platform; Jarvis Interactive Conversational AI is a platform for developing natural language services and is intended for use by those who want to offer call systems in their services. Omniverse Enterprise is a platform that enables 3D design teams to work together around the world in real time.
These announcements indicate that Anvidia is up and running and wants to become Intel’s main competitor. In fact, its new product offering is very similar to a host of Intel products, including the cloud computing chips it unveiled earlier this month, the dedicated graphics chips it began developing, the artificial intelligence chips based on Israeli Bana Labs developments and Mobilai’s autonomous vehicle platform. In other words, it is Anvidia and not AMD that should worry Intel.
Anvidia now has a portfolio of products that can easily take the place of Intel products for customers. In fact the only chip that has not yet been introduced is an ARM based PC processor. However it is not certain that it will indeed introduce one of these in the near future. Anvidia already has an on-chip (SoC) system called Tagra designed for mobile devices. It currently runs the Nintendo Switch as well as the Anvidia Streamer, but not much beyond that. It is likely that Anvidia will not launch a computer processor before it has partners in the move in the form of manufacturers such as HP, Dell or Lenovo.
However unlike Intel, Anvidia relies primarily on external manufacturing contractors, such as TSMC. But this is a difficult problem. The jump in demand for chips as well as the severe drought that befalls Taiwan have greatly slowed down TSMC’s ability to open more production lines. Intel, on the other hand, owns factories around the world and is not dependent on a manufacturing contractor, although it itself manufactures about a quarter of its chips at TSMC. Anvidia will probably have to consider setting up its own factories if it wants to become a significant player like Intel.