Semiconductor upstart Ampere has announced plans for a 128-core Arm processor.
he new processor, Altra Max, comes just three months after the company launched its first product, the 80-core Altra. Ampere says the new processor will be fully socket compatible with the existing part so customers can just do a chip swap if they want.
“This is not replacing Altra,” says Jeff Wittich, senior vice president of products at Ampere and one of many ex-Intel executives at Ampere. “I expect there will be workloads and customers who will use Altra and Altra Max together for a long time. Anything suited for Max will be suited for Altra for a long time.”