IBM revealed its Power10 chip, which is up to 20x faster at AI computing tasks that the Power9. The new processor chip is expected to be available in the second half of 2021 for businesses to deploy inside their data centers.
- The Power10 processor is half the size of the 14nm Power9 and can handle up to 3x the workload capacity and container density. It houses 18b transistors on the size of a postage stamp.
- Its processor developments can better support AI and ML applications. IBM says it can achieve an up to 20x AI inferencing improvement over the Power9.
- Samsung will manufacture the chip using its 7-nanometer chip manufacturing process. IBM has a semiconductor R&D collaboration with the electronics giant.
- Three of the world's fastest supercomputers, including Summit, use IBM chips. Intel remains the dominant provider of central processor chips for data centers.
Intel says data bandwidth and sparsity are the biggest challenges for AI chips.