AMD and Nvidia, beware, a Chinese CPU maker is readying a GPU

The number of discrete GPU developers increased to two as a result of cut-throat competition between ATI Technologies (now part of AMD) and Nvidia by the late 2000s.

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In 2017, Intel announced its return to the standalone graphics card market, and it appears that Apple may soon introduce internally-developed high-performance desktop-class graphics as well.

But apparently, there is another player who is ready to join the game – Zoxin, a CPU designer from China.

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ZhaoXin, a joint venture between China-based Shanghai SASAC (which owns an 80% stake) and Taiwan-based Via Technologies (which controls a 20% share), has been aimed at the Chinese market for many years x86 processors Is selling

The company’s top-of-the-range KaiXian KX-6000-Series CPUs feature eight-in-house designed LuJiaZui cores and a dual-channel DDR4 memory controller that compares to Intel’s 7th Radiation Core i5, a quad- It is said to offer performance. Core non-hyper-threaded processors, although a reasonable confirmation for the claim is difficult to obtain.

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In a video recently posted on its website, Zaoxin revealed that its roadmap had a standalone graphics processor.

Due for release in late 2020 or 2021, the GPU will likely support a DirectX 11.1 or DirectX 12-level feature set, but the company does not elaborate. The chip will also have a TDP of up to 70 W, which is high for laptops, but good for small-form-factor desktops.

Unlike the company’s KaiXian KX-6000-Series CPUs that are built using TSMC 16 nm FinFET manufacturing technology, GPUs are to be built using TSMC’s 28 nm planar manufacturing process. The choice of production technology seems a bit odd, but maybe Zoxin wants to be able to contract TSMC’s rival SMIC to build its GPU for cost and other reasons.

Process technology and see the 70-W TDP upcoming GPU, it is unlikely that standalone graphics processor Jhoksin be able to compete against AMD and Nvidia high-end gaming graphics card market.

AMD and Nvidia, beware, a Chinese CPU maker is readying a graphics chip
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Meanwhile, the market beyond gaming which Zoxin might want to address with its discrete GPU, including high-performance computing.

If Zhaoxin actually leads the gaming market, one of the challenges facing the company will be GPU-related patents. AMD and Nvidia do a massive graphics processing of IP portfolios and both companies have been trying to monetize their patents in recent years by licensing them to various parties, including those who purchase graphics technology from IP developers such as Arm Developers.

Via Technologies acquired a group of graphics patents with S3 Graphics in the early 2000s, but in 2011 the majority of those patents were sold to HTC, which is controlled by the same person called Via Technologies goes.

Zhaoxin did not comment on the news story and we could not ascertain the company’s exact plan for its dGPU.

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