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Amazon has announced the new Graviton2 SoC that will power its next-gen EC2 instances

By Wong Chung Wee - on 5 Dec 2019, 5:11pm

Amazon has announced the new Graviton2 SoC that will power its next-gen EC2 instances

Image source: ARM

Amazon has announced the new Graviton2 SoC that will power its next generation Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. The new instances are touted to be 40% more powerful than the current ones.

The Graviton2 SoC is designed by Amazon’s in-house silicon design team, and is based on 64-bit ARM Neoverse N1 CPU cores. The Graviton2 SoC supports DDR4 memory encryption, and according to Amazon, the Graviton2 hardware also provides “enhanced performance for video encoding workloads, hardware acceleration for compression workloads, and support for CPU-based machine learning inference.”

This announcement is a positive step for ARM as its hardware offerings make inroads into the servers and data centres market segment that’s traditionally dominated by Intel.

Source: Amazon (1), (2), ARM