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CES 2019: Huawei taps new growth with new server chipset launch

China's Huawei unveils chip for global big data market Huawei launches ARM-based Kunpeng 920 chipset, takes on x86 server chips from Intel, AMD
Cecil Davis | 10 January, 2019, 03:59

Huawei will join with industry players to advance the ARM industry and foster an open, collaborative, and win-win ecosystem, taking computing performance to new heights.

In the latest move, Huawei has unveiled Kunpeng 920, the highest performance ARM-based CPU yet, which has been tailor-made to encourage the boost of big data computing and distributed storage, besides performing the various tasks associated with ARM.

Industry forecasts predict that aggregate data will expand 18-fold between 2018 and 2025, and artificial intelligence (AI) is driving a tenfold annual growth in computing power, Xu told media at Huawei headquarters.

"Huawei and Intel are long-term strategic partners, in the past, now and will be in the future".

Huawei has developed its name in the mobile phone industry and earns the majority of its revenue from telecom products.

At the same time, the company also announced an Arm-based server series called TaiShan. According to its makers, the Kunpeng 920 "is created to boost the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios" and is also the most powerful Advanced RISC Machine (ARM)-based CPU to date.

The Kunpeng 920 is designed for server workloads and uses a custom-designed ARMv8-based core.

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The Kunpeng 920 is built with the help of a cutting edge 7-nanometer process and uses the semiconductor architecture of the ARM holdings, the company revealed in a report.

The Huawei TaiShan servers that are powered by the Kunpeng 920 processor come in three models: a storage-focused version, a high-density model, and one that was designed using a balanced approach. The chipset integrates 8-channel DDR4, and memory bandwidth exceeds incumbent offerings by 46%. System integration is also increased significantly through the two 100G RoCE ports. PCIe Gen4 and CCIX interfaces are present as well allowing for up to 640 Gbps bandwidth. The TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage, and ARM-native application scenarios.

Redfox Qiu, president of the intelligent computing business department at Huawei, said the company shipped 900,000 units of servers in 2018, versus 77,000 in 2012 when it started.

On the hardware side, Huawei is a core member of Linaro.

TaiShan will enable computing platforms with high performance and low power consumption for enterprises.

Therefore, in view of the industry trends and application requirements, a new era of diversified computing is unfolding. Combining multiple computing architectures for optimal performance becomes a must.