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Amazon Intensifies HPC Chip Rivalry With Intel, Nvidia, AMD With Latest Launch

  • Amazon.Com, Inc's (NASDAQ: AMZN) cloud-computing unit launched new chips to power the highest-end of computing, supporting weather forecasting and gene sequencing.

  • Amazon Web Services, the largest provider of over-the-internet computing, said it would let customers rent computing power that relies on a new version of its Graviton chips, Bloomberg reports.

  • Peter DeSantis, a senior vice president who oversees most of AWS's engineering teams, said in an interview that the product is a springboard for making what the industry calls high-performance computing more readily available.

  • The move has put AWS in direct competition with Intel Corp (NASDAQ: INTC), Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA), and Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD), which are also among its most significant suppliers.

  • Amazon says making its chips will give customers more cost-effective computing power than they could get by renting time on processors built by the above chipmakers.

  • DeSantis said the chipmakers remain "great partners" and that AWS plans to continue to offer high-performance computing services based on chips made by other companies.

  • The latest version of AWS's line of Graviton processors, the Graviton3E, will have twice the ability of current versions in one type of calculations needed by high-performance computers, DeSantis said.

  • Combined with other AWS technology, the new offering will be 20% better than the previous one.

  • Price Action: AMZN shares traded higher by 0.70% at $94.61 premarket on the last check Tuesday.

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