Jan 14, 2021

Intel to ramp up chipset production in Q1 of 2021

Data Centres
Technology
hpc
Microprocessors
Joanna England
2 min
The US technology company says it will increase the manufacture of a new data centre chip with next-generation technology boosting its output
The US technology company says it will increase the manufacture of a new data centre chip with next-generation technology boosting its output...

According to recent reports, Intel will launch 90 different versions of the Xeon processor and is aiming to expand the type of work its most lucrative model can handle.

The Silicon Valley-based corporation is currently the biggest producer of PC and data centre server chips. Recently Intel has faced challenges in increasing the production processes of its 10-nanometer semiconductor and its next-generation 7-nanometer process. The delays have reportedly allowed Intel’s rivals to secure a market share.

Intel will use next-generation technology to increase the production of its data centre chipsets. This follows on from the company's investor Third Point LLC pushing for a manufacturing re-evaluation. 

Intel will also announce plans to outsource production for some of its 2023 products on an ‘earnings call’ by the third week of January.

Profitable

To date, Intel’s data centre chip production is its most profitable revenue stream. Xeon chips are in demand from hyperscale server farms run by cloud providers such as Amazon.com Inc. and Google. 

However, some clients have begun to design their own data centre chips, seeking out the services of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) to produce the components. 

Boosting production

As a push-back against such competition, Intel has said its Ice Lake server chips manufactured using the 10-nanometre process, would increase production. Intel added that it would introduce 50 new processor designs for PC's in 2021, with 30 models being built with the innovative 10-nanometre technology. Intel predicts the move will cause the 10-nanometre chips to 'eclipse' previous-generation models.  

Advances in semiconductor manufacturing are measured in nanometres, (billionths of a meter) with increasingly small transistors integrated onto silicon wafers with each new iteration. This is a critical method for chipmakers and produces faster, better and cheaper products.

Earlier this week, the company provided details of a new chip under development for Mobileye autonomous driving. The chip will have a lidar sensor and a laser-based device that gives vehicles a 3D view of the environment.

The new lidar chip will combine active and passive components onto a single chip, with production taking place in New Mexico. 

“That solves that dual contradiction of, ‘I need a better sensor, but also need it to be way cheaper at the same time,’” Jack Weast, a senior principal engineer at Intel, told Reuters.

Navin Shenoy, Intel's executive vice president and general manager of Data Platforms Group said, “Today marks a significant milestone for Intel as we continue to accelerate the delivery of our 10 nanometer products and maintain an urgent focus on execution to deliver a predictable cadence of leadership products.”

Shenoy added that selling server chips for new computing tasks would support Intel’s growth. 

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Jun 18, 2021

Group Management: Superior compliance in construction

Group Management
mercury
3 min
Group Management’s Steve Cressey on a uniquely collaborative partnership with Mercury Engineering and almost 15 years of compliant construction projects

Group Management Electrical Surveys is a long-standing and vital partner to Mercury Engineering. The company offers an innovative suite of electrical inspection, test and documentation services to ensure compliance in complex major construction projects for many of the UK and EU's leading companies. Utilising in-house cutting-edge solutions and its highly competent and experienced engineers, Group Management provides everything from electrical inspection and testing to thermal imaging surveys, QA/QC management, torque compliance, technical support, DSEAR compliance and electrical installation condition reports.

“No project can achieve handover without the correct documentation and safety critical electrical certification in place,” says Managing Director Steve Cressey. “Our services ensure that project critical documentation and certification can be correctly produced in an efficient, cost effective manner, which makes Group Management an important part of any construction project.” 

Cressey joined the business in 2009, bringing strong and incisive leadership to Group Management, with decades of industry experience giving him a unique understanding of the design through to handover construction process. He has stewarded the business’ partnership with Mercury since its inception and describes it as uniquely collaborative.  

“Our relationship with Mercury Engineering stretches back many years. We partnered with Mercury  on our first Data Centre project together in Watford in 2007, and since then the relationship has gone from strength to strength,” says Cressey.

“The partnership is longstanding, and we’ve built an incredibly strong working relationship. Partnering with Mercury, who are an innovative, cutting-edge technology provider, means we must constantly improve our services offering. We strive to be the best in what we do, and Mercury can trust we will be efficient in delivering on time, on budget, to achieve a successful handover that meets both Mercury’s and the end clients’ future needs.”

Group Management has since successfully completed more than 30 Data Centre projects throughout the EU as Mercury’s preferred electrical compliance partner. The relationship has also seen Group Management partner with Mercury Engineering on four brand-new hospitals in the UK and Ireland, key pharmaceutical projects and a number of commercial and leisure spaces. 

“To ensure the continued success and growth of Group Management we always discuss projects with key clients and their teams, take feedback on the performance of both our business and our individuals, and in turn use that to improve our services,” Cressey says. 

“The professional development of our employees is essential to our success. All our employees are encouraged to continue their education, to further develop their skills through additional training, and that in turn drives better service and a superior product for our clients. We now offer four more services to Mercury than when the partnership began, which has helped spur Group Management’s growth and success within the wider market.”

 

 

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