Microsoft Introduces AMD AI Chips

Microsoft Offers AMD alternative to Nvidia AI processors

Microsoft offers AMD MI300X AI Chips, an alternative to Nvidia AI Processors.

Microsoft is all set to offer its cloud computing customers a platform of AMD artificial intelligence chips that will compete with components made by Nvidia.

Microsoft’s clusters of Advanced Micro Devices’ flagship MI300X AI chips will be sold through its Azure cloud computing service. They will give its customers an alternative to Nvidia’s new tab H100 family of powerful graphics processing units (GPUs), which dominate the data centre chip market for AI but can be hard to obtain due to high demand.

In comments reported by TechCrunch, Scott Guthrie, EVP of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI group, told analysts that the chips, which were first announced in November 2023, will offer 40 % better performance over other Arm chips on the market.

To build AI models or run applications, companies typically must string together – or cluster – multiple GPUs because the data and computation will not fit on a single processor. AMD, which expects $4 billion in AI chip revenue this year, has said the chips are powerful enough to train and run large AI models.