Huawei unveils first ever chipset for servers
The Kunpeng 920 will power Huawei TaiShan servers in a bid to boost its cloud business
Huawei has unveiled its first ever chipset for servers, the Kunpeng 920. The 7nm CPU is designed in-house, based on an ARM architecture license.
The Kunpeng 920 CPU is designed to go into data centres for big data and distributed storage applications.
The move is seen as a boost to Huawei’s cloud computing credentials, as the tech giant seeks to diversify from its traditional telecommunications equipment business.
"Huawei has continuously innovated in the computing domain in order to create customer value. We believe that, with the advent of the intelligent society, the computing market will see continuous growth in the future. Currently, the diversity of applications and data is driving heterogeneous computing requirements," said William Xu, director of the board and chief strategy marketing officer of Huawei.
Huawei says the Kunpeng 920 CPU is able to achieve 25% better performance and 30% power efficiency than the industry benchmark in data centres. The CPU integrates 64 cores at a frequency of 2.6 GHz as well as an 8-channel DDR4, and memory bandwidth which Huawei says exceeds incumbent offerings by 46%. System integration is also increased through the two 100G RoCE ports. Kunpeng 920 supports PCIe 4.0 and CCIX interfaces, and provides 640 Gbps total bandwidth.
Kunpeng 920 is not Huawei's first 7nm chipset. The company has the Kirin 980, which powers its own mobile phones, and the Ascend 910, which was created to handle artificial intelligence applications run in the cloud.
Huawei also announced the release of its TaiShan series servers powered by the Kunpeng 920. The series is available in three models: one with a focus on storage, another on high density, and a third focused on balancing both requirements.
The TaiShan servers power Huawei Cloud, a service providing elastic cloud services, bare metal services, and cloud phone services.