published on 2022/07/21

But executives at AMD came to the conclusion that it didn’t have the resources to replicate Intel’s wide range of server chip designs and compete head-to-head across all those categories. It would be too expensive and difficult for the much smaller rival. And if it copied Intel, nothing about the new line of server chips would stand out either.

So engineers at AMD looked to the past. Instead of trying to pack a larger number of features onto a single big piece of silicon, known as a “die,” they opted to break up their flagship chip into four separate parts and stitch them together.

This approach is called “chiplets,” and it’s likely to become a dominant form of chip design in the coming years.