Chipmaker Ampere acquires AI startup OnSpecta | MCUTimes

Chipmaker Ampere acquires AI startup OnSpecta

Chipmaker Ampere announced on Wednesday its plan to acquire OnSpecta, a startup whose software accelerates AI inference workloads in the cloud and edge. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Founded in 2017 and headquartered in Redwood City, California, OnSpecta has already partnered with Ampere. OnSpecta Deep Learning Software (DLS) has been shown to accelerate Ampere-based instances that run popular AI inference workloads by 4x.

Last year, Ampere started shipping its Altra processor, an arm-based server chip for cloud computing and hyperscale data centers. The company launched Altra Max 128-core server processor earlier this year.

“The addition of deep learning expertise enables Ampere to deliver a more robust inference task management platform with lower power, higher performance and better predictability than ever before,” Ampere founder and CEO Renee James said in a statement.

The acquisition will include an optimized model zoo with recognition, video processing and recommendation engines.

Ampere’s processors are gaining more traction with the white box server vendors providing hyperscale cloud providers. Foxconn Industrial Internet, Gigabyte and Inspur are server manufacturers that use Ampere processors to power servers. In addition, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Tencent Cloud and Equinix are customers using Ampere Altra with players like ByteDance and Cloudflare.

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