According to reports, Alphabet’s Google Cloud unit announced on Wednesday local time that they will start using ARM technology-based chips, becoming another large technology company to join the wave of transformation, thus giving Intel and AMD brings even more pressure.
Google said the company’s new service will be based on Ampere Computing’s Altra chip. Ampere Computing also sells chips to companies such as Microsoft and Oracle. ARM, a chip design company headquartered in Cambridge, England, announced it would IPO after a failed takeover by Nvidia.
ARM has long supplied chip designs and other chip-related intellectual property for various types of smartphones and tablets. In 2018, ARM began to provide chip technology for data centers long dominated by Intel and AMD.
In the four years since, ARM’s technology has appeared in many large data centers around the world, including Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle in the United States, and Alibaba, Baidu and Tencent data centers in China.
These companies will use computing chips in large quantities and then rent computing power to software developers through their paid cloud services. These companies will continue to provide services based on chips from Intel and AMD. However, with Google joining the ARM camp, almost all large cloud service providers are now offering ARM-based cloud computing services.
Cloud computing providers such as Amazon and Alibaba are also designing their own ARM-based chips and have already commissioned factories to produce them. Others, including Google, have opted to partner with Ampere Computing, a chip company founded by former Intel executives that have filed confidentially with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an IPO.
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