Ampere Computing

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Ampere Computing
FoundedOctober 2017; 2 years ago (2017-10)
FounderRenée James
Area served
Key people
  • Renée James, (Chairman and CEO)
  • Chi Miller (CFO and COO)
  • Atiq Bajwa (Chief Architect)
ProductsIntegrated circuits, Microprocessors
Number of employees
250 (2018[1])

Ampere Computing is an American fabless semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California that develops ARM-based computer processors.[2] Ampere also has offices in Portland, Oregon, Taipei, Taiwan, Raleigh, North Carolina, Bangalore, India and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.[3]


In October 2017, Ampere Computing was founded by Renée James after The Carlyle Group acquired AppliedMicro's X-Gene 3 IP and assets from MACOM.[4][5][6]

In April 2018, Ampere joined the Green Computing Consortium (GCC) as a Platinum Member, and Renée James was named as the vice chair of the GCC.[7] In September 2018, Ampere announced a partnership with Lenovo, with Lenovo releasing 1U and 2U platforms with Ampere eMAG.[8]

In March 2019, Packet announced their c2.large.arm configuration featuring Ampere's eMAG 8180.[9] In April 2019, Ampere announced their second major investment round, including investment from Arm Holdings and Oracle Corporation.[10][11] In June 2019, Nvidia announced a partnership with Ampere to bring support for CUDA.[12] In November 2019, Nvidia announced reference design platform for GPU-accelerated Arm-based servers including Ampere eMAG.[13]


Ampere develops ARM-based computer processors for under their eMAG brand.

On February 5, 2018, Ampere announced the eMAG 8180 featuring 32x Skylark cores fabricated on TSMC’s 16FF+ process. It's supports a turbo of up to 3.3 GHz with TDP of 125 W, 8ch DDR4 and 42x PCIe 3.0 Lanes.[5] Packet offers servers with the eMAG 8180 and 128 GB DRAM, 480 GB SSD, and 2x 10 Gbps networking.[14] On September 19, 2018, Ampere announced availability of a version featuring 16x Skylark cores.[15]

In 2019, Ampere plans to announced an eMAG featuring 80x Quicksilver cores fabricated on TSMC’s N7 process. The Quicksilver cores are semi-custom Arm Neoverse N1 cores with Ampere modifications.[16]

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  1. ^ "Former Intel President at Reins in ARM Chip Startup". Data Center Knowledge. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  2. ^ "About Us – Ampere Computing". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  3. ^ "Contact – Ampere Computing". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  4. ^ "Ampere Computing Holdings LLC | The Carlyle Group". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  5. ^ a b "X-Gene 3 gets a second chance at Ampere with a new 32-core 16nm ARM processor". WikiChip Fuse. 2018-02-05. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  6. ^ Cutress, Ian. "Ampere eMAG in the Cloud: 32 Arm Core Instance for $1/hr". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  7. ^ "Ampere Joins Green Computing Consortium (GCC) as a Platinum Member – Ampere Computing". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  8. ^ Kennedy, Patrick (2018-09-18). "Ampere eMAG is now Shipping Product with Lenovo as a Major Partner". ServeTheHome. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  9. ^ Ampere. "Ampere and Packet Partner to Expand Adoption of eMAG™ Processors for Next-Generation Cloud and Edge Workloads". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  10. ^ Cutress, Ian. "Ampere Computing: Arm is Now an Investor". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  11. ^ Levy, Ari (2019-09-27). "Oracle discloses $40 million stake in Ampere, a chip start-up founded by former Intel president Renee James". CNBC. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  12. ^ Newsroom, NVIDIA. "NVIDIA Brings CUDA to Arm, Enabling New Path to Exascale Supercomputing". NVIDIA Newsroom Newsroom. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  13. ^ Newsroom, NVIDIA. "NVIDIA and Tech Leaders Team to Build GPU-Accelerated Arm Servers for New Era of Diverse HPC Architectures". NVIDIA Newsroom Newsroom. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  14. ^ "The Arm Server Dream is Alive and Well at Packet". Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  15. ^ "Ampere Ships First Gen ARM Server Processors". WikiChip Fuse. 2018-09-19. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  16. ^ "Ampere Gears Up to Launch 7nm, 80-Core Arm Chip for Cloud Data Centers". Data Center Knowledge. 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2019-11-23.

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