Nvidia is building new Arm CPUs again: Nvidia Grace, for the data center

We’ve barely heard a peep out of Nvidia on the CPU front for years, after the lackluster arrival of its Project Denver CPU and its associated Tegra K1 mobile processors in 2014 — but now, the company’s getting back into CPUs in a big way with the new Nvidia Grace, a Arm-based processing chip specifically designed for AI data centers.

It’s a good time for Nvidia to be flexing its Arm: it’s currently trying to buy Arm for $40 billion, pitching it specifically as an attempt “to create the world’s premier computing company for the age of AI,” and this chip might be the first proof point. Arm is having a moment in the consumer computing space as well, where Apple’s M1 chips recently upended our concept of laptop performance. It’s also more…

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