Ampere’s QuickSilver processor with 80 processing cores is coming

Ampere’s QuickSilver processor with 80 processing cores is coming

Ampere’s QuickSilver processor with 80 processing cores is coming

The ARM company is developing a newer version of the Neoverse N1 platform designed to run on systems based on cloud computing should be used. Earlier Amazon released its new processor based on the first generation of architecture Neoverse N1 called Graviton2 for the company’s cloud services. had introduced Now it seems that the Ampere chip company is trying to make a processor based on ARM architecture for cloud servers.

Ampere, or the so-called Ampere computing company, is currently on the market with its eMAG series processors that use custom ARM cores. The company was able to produce custom ARM cores by purchasing AppliedMicro’s server IPs and technologies. With the acquisition of AppliedMicro, a small company active in the field of providing cloud space and cloud-based services for a large number of Chinese mobile game providers, Amp has achieved remarkable success.

Type Processor QuickSilver amp Amazon Graviton2 Marvel ThunderX2 Kunpeng 920 Huawei eMAG amp Release time The first quarter of 2020 The fourth quarter of 2019 The second quarter of 2018 The third quarter of 2019 Q3 2018 ARM architecture version


Neoverse N1

v8. 2

Neoverse N1







Number of cores






Lithography 7nm TSMC 7nm TSMC 16 nm TSMC 7 nm TSMC 16 nm TSMC Processing frequency


3.1 GHz 2. 5 GHz 2.6 GHz 3.3 GHz Thermal design power (TDP) More than 200 W 100 watts? ? 180 watts 125 watts Memory 8 channels of DDR4 memory with unknown frequency 8 channels of DDR4 memory with a frequency of 3200 MHz 8 channels of DDR4 memory with a frequency of 2666 MHz 8 Hafez channels DDR4 with a frequency of 2933 MHz 8 channels of DDR4 memory with a frequency of 2666 MHz Number of PCIe lanes and type More than 128 PCIe 4.0 communication channels ? 56 PCIe 3.0 communication channels 40 PCIe 4.0 communication channels 32 PCIe 3.0 communication channels CCIX protocol Yes ? No Yes No Multi socket 2 ? 2 4 1

Ampere’s eMAG processor replacement has yet to be named for market, but the chip is codenamed QuickSilver. The mentioned processor is completely different from the current eMAG chip, which is based on ARM architecture, and although it still uses ARM architecture, it has been fundamentally redesigned. As a result, the QuickSilver processor does not rely on AppliedMicro IPs and is built separately. Ampere’s new processor is going to be launched to compete with Amazon’s Graviton2 chip.

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The QuickSilver processor will be made using 80 processing cores under the 7nm lithography of Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Company (TSMC). The cores used in the mentioned processor will be very different compared to the processing cores of the eMAG chip. It is necessary to mention that the new processor cores of this company do not have multi-thread processing capability and only have one processing thread for each core. In any case, the core design in the QuickSilver processor will be similar to Amazon’s Graviton2. Also, the said processor has the ability to support more than 128 PCIe 4.0 communication channels. At the same time, Ampere did not mention the exact number of PCIe lanes, but mentioned that the said processor will have as many PCIe lanes as all server chips based on ARM or x86 architecture in 2020. The QuickSilver processor may surpass AMD’s Rome EPYC processor with 128 PCIe 4.0 lanes in the number of PCIe 4.0 communication lanes.

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