Founded by former Intel President Ren é e James and funded by the Carlyle Group, Ampere offers the eMAG family of processors since October 2018. The company purchased AppliedMicro's X-Gene ARM-based version in early 2018.serverAssets, and a custom 32-core chip based on the ARM v8.0 architecture, built using TSMC TSMC 16FF + process, running at 3.3 GHz. The chip is optimized based on the X-Gene II platform, and the company plans to develop an updated roadmap for the eMAG product line in the coming years.
Companies such as Ampere have relied on multiple rounds of investment early on, both in terms of funding for product development and expertise that potential investors can bring. Ampere is part of the Carlyle Group, which has a large portfolio of investments, but ARM has also joined the recent round of investment in Ampere. By convention, ARM will not invest in every ARM server chip company on the market, but now this relationship is likely to give Ampere an understanding of ARM's future design portfolio, as well as the opportunity to focus resources, reduce development costs, or enhance the end product.