Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD), Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) and 6 Others Try To Overcome Aging Moore’s Law
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD), ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH), Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) and other technology companies have decided to collaborate to tackle a common threat to their businesses. The threat revolves around the slowing of Moore’s Law and there is also an element of trying to break Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s tight grip on the chip market. As such, the companies have created what they call CCIX Accelerator Consortium.
Who else is involved?
Besides Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD), ARM Holdings and Qualcomm, other members of the consortium are International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Huawei, Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ:XLNX) and Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX).
What are they pursuing?
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) and its collaborators will jointly develop what they call cache-coherent fabric that will seamlessly interconnect their CPUs, networks and accelerators. The interconnect they are driving at would allow their different chips to communicate with one another and share the main memory.
Tough but useful
Coming up with an interconnect that works seamlessly with different CPUs, GPUs and other systems would be a monumental challenge for the collaborators. It is no wonder that they haven’t provided a timetable for when they hope to make the technology ready.
However, an interconnect should pave way for a plug-and-ply compute and also renders better performance regardless of the processors in use. Additionally, building an interconnect would be a great step toward overcoming the limits of Moore’s Law in churning out better chips every couple of years.
What has been done?
It is worth noting that some members of the Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) group have been working on some form of interconnect chip either in small groups or individually. Therefore, the CCIX consortium should enable them to expand their projects and accelerate their rollout. For example, IBM teamed up with Nvidia Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) and developed POWER8. Although POWER8 fits the definition of interconnect, it is also supported by IBM and the CCIX should provide for a way to overcome that limitation.
Taking on the leader
The CCIX could also enable Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) and its collaborator to leap ahead of Intel in the next-generation processors.
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