Contract chip designer Faraday Technology on Monday announced plans to build one of the world’s first 64-core processors based on Arm Neoverse. The release of the new product will be carried out by the contract manufacturing division of Intel on the advanced technological process 18A (1.8 nm).
The new 64-core Arm Neoverse system-on-chip (SoC) platform will be designed for a wide range of applications, including large data centers, edge systems and advanced 5G networks, Faraday says. The chip developer said that the new product will also use various interface IPs from the Arm Total Design ecosystem, but did not disclose which ones. It is logical to expect that the processor will be equipped with PCIe, CXL and DDR5 interfaces.
It is worth noting that Faraday will not sell the processor itself, but will offer the chip design to its customers, who will be able to adapt it to their needs. It’s unclear whether Faraday has a potential customer, but the company appears confident in Arm Neoverse cores. These processors will be manufactured by Intel Foundry Services (IFS) using the Intel 18A process technology and will likely be among the first Arm server processors released by IFS.
At the moment, Intel Foundry Services has collected several orders for chips for data centers. These include a cloud chip for Intel’s 3 process technology, a custom server chip for Ericsson, and Intel 18A-based chips for the US Department of Defense. In addition, Intel is building system-in-packages for Amazon Web Services data centers.
“As a design partner within Arm Total Design, Faraday is strategically targeting the most advanced technology nodes to meet the growing needs of future applications. said Steve Wang, CEO of Faraday. — We are pleased to announce the development of our new SoC platform based on Arm Neoverse using Intel 18A technology. This solution will benefit our ASIC and DIS (Design Implementation Service) customers by enabling them to accelerate time to market for advanced data center and HPC applications“
“We are excited to partner with Faraday to develop Arm Neoverse based SoCs using our most competitive Intel 18A process technology“said Stuart Pann, Intel senior vice president and general manager of Intel Foundry Services (IFS). — Our strategic collaboration with Faraday demonstrates our commitment to bringing technology and manufacturing innovation to the global semiconductor supply chain, helping Faraday customers easily meet global SoC power and performance standards“
It is noteworthy that Intel Foundry Services and Arm announced cooperation in the field of mobile single-chip platforms, which will be produced using Intel 18A technology, back in April 2023. So far, the agreement hasn’t borne fruit, but it turns out at least one contract chip designer is interested in getting into the data center market with Arm Neoverse and Intel 18A.