Project selects Fujitsu to lead development of energy-efficient CPU

Japanese technology company, Fujitsu, has announced that it has been selected for the ‘Green Innovation Fund/Construction of Next Generation Digital Infrastructure’ project by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and will lead the development of energy-efficient CPU for data centres.

Fujitsu has been selected along with NEC Corporation, AIO Core Corporation, Kioxia Corporation, Fujitsu Optical Components Co., Ltd., and KYOCERA Corporation.

To address the challenge of increasing power consumption at data centres in today’s digital society, companies participating in this project will work to develop innovative solutions to realise greater energy efficiency, larger capacity, and lower latency in data centres to contribute to the achievement of a carbon-neutral society. Within this project, Fujitsu will lead the development of low-power consumption CPUs and photonics smart NIC optimised for next-generation green data centres. Additionally, Fujitsu Optical Components will work with Fujitsu to develop a photonics smart NIC.

Through its contribution to this national initiative, the Fujitsu Group aims to strengthen the development of advanced computing and networks technologies that play a vital role in the digital infrastructure of society and to promote the use of total solutions globally, with the ultimate goal of achieving its commitment to delivering a more sustainable society through innovation.

As society makes a digital shift, demand for energy and sustainable solutions mounts facing growing energy demands from the ever-increasing needs of data centres, Japan’s NEDO has launched an ambitious initiative that aims to achieve energy savings of 40 per cent or more in data centres domestically by 2030.

Fujitsu designs its own microarchitecture which is a key factor for CPU performance and power efficiency. This technology made it possible for the supercomputer Fugaku to achieve the world’s highest levels of performance and energy efficiency. Fujitsu will further refine this technology and develop an energy-efficient CPU that can be used in next-generation green data centres.

Fujitsu and Fujitsu Optical Components will also develop a photonics smart NIC that reduces network power consumption in data centres by applying optical transmission technology that achieves greater efficiency in size and energy consumption, as well as greater data capacity, and by refining hardware and software technologies cultivated through the development of leading-edge optical transmission devices.

Vivek Mahajan, corporate executive officer, CTO, Fujitsu Ltd., said: “We are excited to take on the challenge of developing leading-edge technologies for energy-efficient CPUs and photonics smart NIC as part of our work with NEDO. Fujitsu will harness this technology to deliver a robust, yet environmentally-sustainable digital infrastructure that takes full advantage of Fujitsu’s strengths in areas like computing and network technologies. I am confident that our work on this initiative will help demonstrate Japan’s technological capabilities, and show how Fujitsu can lead the way globally in innovation that contributes to the realisation of a carbon-neutral and sustainable society.”

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015 represent a set of common goals to be achieved worldwide by 2030. Fujitsu’s purpose – “To make the world more sustainable by building trust in society through innovation” – is a promise to contribute to the vision of a better future empowered by the SDGs.

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