Amazon.Com, Inc's (NASDAQ: AMZN) cloud-computing unit launched new chips to power the highest-end of computing, supporting weather forecasting and gene sequencing.
Amazon Web Services, the largest provider of over-the-internet computing, said it would let customers rent computing power that relies on a new version of its Graviton chips, Bloomberg reports.
Peter DeSantis, a senior vice president who oversees most of AWS's engineering teams, said in an interview that the product is a springboard for making what the industry calls high-performance computing more readily available.
The move has put AWS in direct competition with Intel Corp (NASDAQ: INTC), Nvidia Corp (NASDAQ: NVDA), and Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ: AMD), which are also among its most significant suppliers.
Amazon says making its chips will give customers more cost-effective computing power than they could get by renting time on processors built by the above chipmakers.
DeSantis said the chipmakers remain "great partners" and that AWS plans to continue to offer high-performance computing services based on chips made by other companies.
The latest version of AWS's line of Graviton processors, the Graviton3E, will have twice the ability of current versions in one type of calculations needed by high-performance computers, DeSantis said.
Combined with other AWS technology, the new offering will be 20% better than the previous one.
Price Action: AMZN shares traded higher by 0.70% at $94.61 premarket on the last check Tuesday.
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