Alibaba unveils ‘breakthrough’ chip for its servers, cloud computing

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding has unveiled its own general-purpose central processing unit (CPU), the Yitian 710, for its Panjiu servers that will drive the company’s vast cloud computing operation, a development that intensifies the country’s self-reliance efforts in semiconductors and roll-out of digital infrastructure nationwide.The new CPU was internally designed by Alibaba’s T-Head semiconductor unit, based on architecture from British chip design company Arm, according to…