Intel and AMD dominate the x86 chip market. But architecture is not limited to them. Recent proof of this comes from the Chinese Zhaoxin. This week, the company made the official announcement of the chips KH-40000 and KX-6000Gthe first with up to 32 cores. All are x86 based.
At the moment, Zhaoxin’s intention is to supply the Chinese market. Therefore, we cannot expect the new chips to appear as rivals to Intel or AMD on a global level.
To get to that point, Zhaoxin would have a long way to go. Take, for example, the fact that both lines are based on a 16 nanometer manufacturing process. Meanwhile, Intel is already at 10 nanometers and is getting ready to reach 7 nanometers.
O aspect of miniaturization is a strong indication that Zhaoxin doesn’t have the technology to fight for a generous share of the x86 chip market. However, this does not mean that the company’s products are of low quality.
Zhaoxin KH-40000: up to 32 cores
Based on 16 nanometer (proprietary) Yongfeng microarchitecture, Zhaoxin KH-40000 processors can feature 12, 16 or 32 cores up to 3.2 GHz. In addition to x86 instructions (both 32-bit and 64-bit), they support sets like AVX, AVX2, SM2, SM3, and SM4.
These chips even handle up to 2TB of DDR4-3200 memory with ECC (Error Correction Mechanism). This capacity doubles to 4TB on dual-socket (two-chip) computers, so the maximum number of system cores goes up to 64.
Technologies such as PCIe 3.0 (up to 128 lanes combined), USB 3.2 gen 1 (up to eight ports) and SATA 3.2 (up to 16 ports) are supported. A cache memory of up to 64 MB also appears here.
These are generous specs. There is an explanation for this: Zhaoxin KH-40000 processors are intended for high-performance servers.
With 16 nanometer Lujiazui microarchitecture (also proprietary), the Zhaoxin KX-6000G chips have four cores and support the same instruction sets as the KH-40000 line.
Here, the base frequency is 2 GHz, with the TDP varying between 25 and 35 W. In turbo mode, with the TDP always staying above 25 W, the frequency can reach 3.3 GHz.
In addition, Zhaoxin KX-6000G chips work with up to 64GB of DDR4-3200 memory. Support for PCIe 3.0 (16x), USB 3.2 gen 1 (4), USB 2.0 (2) and SATA 3.2 (2) standards is also present.
A differential of the KX-6000G line is its integration with the C-1080 GPU, which is compatible with standards such as DirectX12, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.6. This is not a gaming GPU. On the other hand, it can play content in resolutions up to 4K.
Unlike the KH-40000 series, the KX-6000G chips are targeted at professional PCs, tablets and embedded systems.
to organizations. Both the KH-40000 and KX-6000G series processors are expected to serve corporate activities.
like the website Wccftech highlights, both lines were designed to serve the Chinese market. At some point, the new chips may even be supplied to countries that have close relations with China. But such an agreement would be limited. Today, Zhaoxin does not have the scale to supply large volumes to overseas markets.
The focus on the Chinese market has another explanation, linked to the emergence of Zhaoxin itself. fruit of a joint venture Between Via Technologies and the Shanghai government, the company emerged in 2013 as part of China’s efforts to rely less on foreign technologies.
There is no public information about the prices of the new processors.