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Amazon Might Launch Its Second Custom Server Chip Soon

December 02, 2019 / Ben Kemp

Last year, Amazon introduced its custom ARM-based processor called Graviton to handle power loads at Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s booming and profitable cloud infrastructure business. The e-commerce player acquired Israel-based chip designer Annapurna back in 2015 for an estimated $350 which paved the way for its chipset. “A few years ago the team started to think about building an Amazon-built custom CPU designed for cost-sensitive scale-out workloads,” AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr said at that time. The company is now reportedly developing its second-generation custom server chip for prime time. According to a report by Reuters last week, AWS is almost done working on the chip. The new version is expected to be approximately 20% faster than the first-generation.