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Chip Startup Ampere Teams Up With Qualcomm for AI Project

Ampere Computing LLC, the chip startup backed by Oracle Corp., is teaming up with Qualcomm Inc. to make equipment for artificial intelligence computing — an area currently dominated by Nvidia Corp.

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The two companies are working together to build computers based on Ampere’s microprocessors and Qualcomm’s accelerator chips, the semiconductors that help AI models handle a flood of data. Ampere also plans to release a processor with an industry-leading 256 cores next year, according to a statement Thursday.

Like many chipmakers currently, the two companies are vying for a bigger share of the billions of dollars being poured into AI infrastructure. Most of that money is currently being spent on Nvidia’s products.

Ampere processors will be paired with Qualcomm’s AI 100 Ultra products in servers built by Super Micro Computer Inc. The chip companies have been working on hardware and software to make the new offering work smoothly and efficiently at what’s known as AI inference — work such as image or voice recognition.


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