According to Bloomberg, Alibaba in a statement on October 19 said the company’s latest server chip Yitan 710 is based on a microarchitecture provided by Arm consortium owned by SoftBank Group. The Chinese tech giant also said the new chip will be put to use in its data centers in the “near future” and will not be sold commercially, at least for now.
“Customizing the private server chip aligns with our ongoing efforts to drive compute power, with better performance and improved energy efficiency. We plan to use the chip to support current and future businesses across Alibaba’s ecosystem,” said Alibaba Cloud Intelligence President Jeff Zhang.
|Alibaba Group Holding’s Yitian 710 server chip is based on architecture from British semiconductor design company Arm|
With the Covid-19 epidemic driving growing demand for cloud services, technology giants around the world are also working to find stronger and more efficient semiconductors to gain the leading edge. head. Alibaba’s server chip is one of the most advanced by a Chinese company as it joins global rivals like Amazon and Google in gradually replacing silicon from traditional chipmakers like Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) with products designed specifically for data centers and workloads.
The new chip development shows how China’s efforts to build up its domestic semiconductor industry are beginning to bear fruit. The Beijing government has made technology self-sufficiency a top priority for the country, providing billions of dollars in grants and policy support to help local companies get around sanctions. from the US for this industry.
Alibaba is among a number of Chinese companies that have responded to Beijing’s call to invest in advanced technology development and manufacturing capacity. The Yitan 710 server chip is the third semiconductor introduced by Alibaba since 2019, after the artificial intelligence chip and the chip used for the Internet of Things (IoT).
However, with limited domestic capacity to produce semiconductors, Alibaba will likely still have to outsource production. Although Alibaba did not disclose manufacturing partners, Taiwan’s Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) and South Korea’s Samsung Electronics are the only two companies capable of mass-producing 5 nm chips.