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Google could be planning on adopting AMD's Zen 2-based EPYC 2 "Rome" server chips

AMD's EPYC 2 server chips are expected to be released in the second half of 2019. (Source: ServeTheHome)
AMD's EPYC 2 server chips are expected to be released in the second half of 2019. (Source: ServeTheHome)
A market analyst for financial services company Cowen has predicted that Google will utilize AMD’s upcoming EPYC 2 server CPUs, codenamed “Rome”, for its own services. This would be a huge deal for AMD, which has already been selected to provide customized GPUs for the Google Stadia cloud gaming service.

It seems possible that the business partnership between Google and AMD could step up another notch in 2019. AMD has already been celebrating the fact that Google has chosen the red team to supply GPUs for its Stadia gaming service (it’s rumored that Intel will be providing the CPUs), and now a further chip deal could spell success for EPYC 2 before the processors are even officially launched.

A Cowan senior research analyst specializing in semiconductors has stated that he believes Google will also select AMD products for its servers, which in this case points to the EPYC 2 “Rome” processors that are based on the vaunted Zen 2 microarchitecture. Considering that Google is in possession of millions of servers, this is massive potential business for AMD.

The EPYC 2 “Rome” server chips are expected to make a big splash in the data-center processor industry. The chips are made up of up to eight 7 nm-based “chiplets” that each have eight cores, so that a single EPYC 2 processor can have 64 cores, and it can execute up to 128 threads.

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Daniel R Deakin, 2019-03-22 (Update: 2019-03-22)