[News] US Tech Giants Unite for AI Server Domination, Boosting Taiwan Supply Chain

2023-08-08 Semiconductors editor

According to the news from Commercial Times, in a recent press conference, the four major American cloud service providers (CSPs) collectively expressed their intention to expand their investment in AI application services. Simultaneously, they are continuing to enhance their cloud infrastructure. Apple has also initiated its foray into AI development, and both Intel and AMD have emphasized the robust demand for AI servers. These developments are expected to provide a significant boost to the post-market prospects of Taiwan’s AI server supply chain.

Industry insiders have highlighted the ongoing growth of the AI spillover effect, benefiting various sectors ranging from GPU modules, substrates, cooling systems, power supplies, chassis, and rails, to PCB manufacturers.

The American CSP players, including Microsoft, Google, Meta, and Amazon, which recently released their financial reports, have demonstrated growth in their cloud computing and AI-related service segments in their latest quarterly performance reports. Microsoft, Google, and Amazon are particularly competitive in the cloud services arena, and all have expressed optimistic outlooks for future operations.

The direct beneficiaries among Taiwan’s cloud data center suppliers are those in Tier 1, who are poised to reap positive effects on their average selling prices (ASP) and gross margins, driven by the strong demand for AI servers from these CSP giants in the latter half of the year.

Among them, the ODM manufacturers with over six years of collaboration with NVIDIA in multi-GPU architecture AI high-performance computing/cloud computing, including Quanta, Wistron, Wistron, Inventec, Foxconn, and Gigabyte, are expected to see operational benefits further reflected in the latter half of the year. Foxconn and Inventec are the main suppliers of GPU modules and GPU substrates, respectively, and are likely to witness noticeable shipment growth starting in the third quarter.

Furthermore, AI servers not only incorporate multiple GPU modules but also exhibit improvements in aspects such as chassis height, weight, and thermal design power (TDP) compared to standard servers. As a result, cooling solution providers like Asia Vital Components, Auras Technology, and SUNON; power supply companies such as Delta Electronics and Lite-On Technology; chassis manufacturers Chenbro; rail industry players like King Slide, and PCB/CCL manufacturers such as EMC, GCE are also poised to benefit from the increasing demand for AI servers.