Annapurna Labs is an Israeli microelectronics company. Since January 2015 it has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon.com. Amazon reportedly acquired the company for its Amazon Web Services division for US$350–370M.[1][2]

History

Annapurna Labs, named after the Annapurna Massif in the Himalayas, was co-founded in 2011[3] by Bilic "Billy" Hrvoje, a Bosnian Jewish refugee, Nafea Bshara, an Arab Israeli citizen,[4][5] and Ronen Boneh with investments from the independent investors Avigdor Willenz, Manuel Alba, Andy Bechtolsheim, the venture capital firm Walden International, Arm Holdings,[6] and TSMC. Board members include Avigdor Willenz, Manuel Alba, and Lip-Bu Tan, the CEO of both Walden International and Cadence Design Systems.[7]

The first product launched under the AWS umbrella was the AWS Nitro hardware and supporting hypervisor in November 2017.[8] Following on from Nitro, Annapurna developed general-purpose CPUs under the Graviton family and machine-learning ASICs under the Trainium and Inferentia brands.[9][10][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Amazon to buy Israeli start-up Annapurna Labs". Reuters. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  2. ^ "Amazon buys secretive chip maker Annapurna Labs for $350 million". ExtremeTech. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  3. ^ Clark, Greg; Bensinger, Dan (2016-01-06). "Amazon Enters Semiconductor Business With Its Own Branded Chips". The Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ "Annapurna Labs: AWS' Secret Sauce". Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  5. ^ Rebecca Kopans. "If you can dream it, you can do it" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  6. ^ Kristen Lisa. "AWS and ARM: Working together to re-invent the cloud". Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  7. ^ "Semiconductors fueling Cloud!". semiwiki.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  8. ^ Liguori, A (2018). "The Nitro Project–Next Generation AWS Infrastructure" (PDF). Hot Chips: A Symposium on High Performance Chips. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  9. ^ Tarasov, Katie (12 August 2023). "How Amazon is racing to catch Microsoft and Google in generative A.I. with custom AWS chips". CNBC. Retrieved 13 October 2023.
  10. ^ Bass, Dina (2023-02-21). "Amazon's Cloud Unit Partners With Startup Hugging Face as AI Deals Heat Up". Bloomberg News.
  11. ^ Nellis, Stephen (2023-02-21). "Amazon Web Services pairs with Hugging Face to target AI developers". Reuters.