December was the next month which we heard any big news from AMD and Nvidia. At the beginning of the month, AMD announced it has struck a deal with Chinese internet search outfit Baidu to provide the CPUs behind the Chinese company's AI, big data and cloud computing services.
The deal marked a decisive return to the server market for AMD after almost a decade of decline in the face of Intel, a turnaround instigated over the past year with the development by AMD of its Zen architecture, which features in the Epyc CPUs that Baidu is scooping up.
And Nvidia? It went and unveiled the Titan V, a new desktop GPU designed to bring massive amounts of power to those working on machine learning applications.
Announced by Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang at the annual NIPS conference, the Titan V was touted as "the world's most powerful GPU for the PC" and made to excel at computational processing for scientific simulation.
With 21.1 billion transistors delivering 110 teraflops of raw horsepower, the Titan V was said to be nine times as powerful as its predecessor, and way more energy efficient thanks to being based on Nvidia's Volta GPU architecture.
This Volta architecture features a major redesign of the streaming multiprocessor that is at the centre of the GPU. This helps to double the energy efficiency of the previous generation Pascal design, enabling dramatic boosts in performance in the same power envelope, Nvidia claimed.
Expect to hear much more from the chip titans come the new year. We are expecting some kind of big chip announcement from Intel at CES, so check back within the coming weeks for all the chip news straight out of the conference. µ
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