TSMC uses AMD EPYC series processors for production line control
At present, many companies use AMD EPYC series processors for important workloads and even some of the more important places. In fact, for a long time, the place where the most critical tasks are performed has been occupied by Intel Itanium series and Xeon series processors. However, with the strong rise of AMD in recent years, the situation has undergone subtle changes, such as AMD’s close partner TSMC.
AMD has achieved such results in the last two or three years, and TSMC has taken a large part of the credit. In fact, TSMC now uses EPYC series processors to control the production line of manufacturing chips, and AMD’s official website also has related introductions.
TSMC has used EPYC series processors to build data centers earlier, responsible for daily computing, storage, and network load work in the enterprise. Although the entire organization of TSMC is very large, the workload is heavy and very important but compared to controlling the production tools of the fab, it is still inferior. It is understood that each chip production facility of TSMC uses an x86 architecture server or at least one virtual server. If a hardware failure occurs, TSMC will quickly replace the failed server to run its workload. Of course, TSMC will not disclose the details.
TSMC currently uses HPE’s DL325 Gen10 series platform in the data center, equipped with an AMD EPYC 7702P processor, with 64 cores. In addition, a 24-core EPYC 7F72s processor with a frequency of 3.20 GHz is used for research and development.
In addition to the control of chip production, the EPYC series processors are of course also used in AMD’s own development work. For example, AMD officially introduced the use of EPYC series processors to assist in the design of GPUs by Radeon Technologies Group.