As one of the new projects funded by the European Commission, sipearl, a French based chip start-up, has just announced that it has obtained IP license for the next generation of arm's neoverse processor code named Zeus.As a company founded in January 2020, sipearl is still in its infancy, but the ambition of this start-up is very high, and it is committed to providing support for future high-performance computing projects in Europe.
Sipearl said it is committed to designing high-performance, low-power microprocessors for 10 billion supercomputers in Europe. Today, the company has signed an important technology license agreement with arm, a global semiconductor IP provider.
In the future, sipearl will benefit from the high-performance, safe and scalable next-generation arm failover platform (code Zeus), while making full use of the powerful arm software and hardware ecosystem.
With the help of advanced processes such as finfet2, sipearl can accelerate its design and ensure excellent reliability, so as to provide quite high-end products in computing performance and energy efficiency, and be ready to launch the first generation of microprocessor products in 2022.
The announcement also more specifically covers the licensing agreement signed between the company and arm, announcing that it will use the Zeus kernel. As a new core following the launch of neoverse N1 (code named Ares), it is expected to become the basis of arm cortex-a77 mobile core.
On the EPI website, EC also detailed the roadmap of the project, and added a note of "N6" beside the Zeus core description, which means that the chip will be designed based on the new technology of TSMC (with certain compatibility with N7 nodes).
This project is another significant promotion of AMR server ecosystem after the latest success of Amazon graviton 2 chip and the announcement of amtre's Altra platform. It is expected that we can reap more surprises in a few months.