Date
13 November 2019
A file picture shows Lisa Su, president and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, speaking during a keynote session at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 9, 2019. Photo: Bloomberg
A file picture shows Lisa Su, president and CEO of Advanced Micro Devices, speaking during a keynote session at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Jan. 9, 2019. Photo: Bloomberg

AMD lands Google, Twitter as customers with new server chip

Advanced Micro Devices AMD) on Wednesday released the second generation of its processor chip for data centers and said that it had landed Google and Twitter as customers, Reuters reports.

The company’s latest generation of server chip, called EPYC, uses a new technology from contract manufacturers that helps the semiconductors deliver better performance while consuming less power, according to the report.

AMD was quoted as saying on that Google is using the EPYC server chip in its internal data centers and that the internet giant will offer it to external developers as part of its cloud computing offerings later this year.

It is the first time that Google has publicly acknowledged using AMD’s EPYC chips, the report noted.

AMD competes against Intel to supply chips for data centers that power internet-based services.

Intel, which makes chips in its own factories instead of relying on contractors, is behind schedule delivering chips made with its own newer manufacturing process. It plans to release them next year.

AMD has tried to take advantage of that by courting some of Intel’s biggest customers, such as Google.

Intel, which said that both Google and Twitter remain customers, is the dominant supplier of data center chips, with more than 90 percent of the market under its control.

But AMD has been making inroads with its most recent chips. 

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