Monday February 05, 2018

Former Intel President Launches New Chip Company

Former Intel president Renee James has started a new chip company called Ampere. James came forward today showing their first product, a custom Armv8-A 64-bit server operating at up to 3.3GHz with 1TB of memory and an envelope of 125 watts. She says the announced chip will offer unsurpassed price/performance and that they have a couple other products to unveil in the future.

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Always good to have another player enter the game, but unfortunately without x86 it won't make much of a difference to any of us. One day maybe I'll get to report on the return of Cyrix. While they wouldn't detail any amounts, Ampere is being funded by Carlyle Group, and Renee James did say her company was "significantly well capitalized."

The company, which is based in Santa Clara, launched in early 2017 and has between 300-400 people. As she pointed out, "this isn’t a garage startup." The chips are in sampling right now with customers and partners and will go into production later this year. She but declined to name any customers just yet, but partners include Microsoft, Lenovo and Oracle.