VIA x86 Return: First integrated AI coprocessor, AVX-512 supported

X86 market not only has Intel, AMD two giants, there is a tenacious powerful, once also a boom, just because of various reasons basically disappeared from the public view, but never gave up, the mainland’s mega-core x86 processor from the VIA authorization. Now, VIA is back, announcing that CenTaur, its 24-year-old processor development arm, has developed the world’s first x86 processor with an AI coprocessor, with a working prototype.

VIA x86 Return: First integrated AI coprocessor, AVX-512 supported

VIA x86 Return: First integrated AI coprocessor, AVX-512 supported

The as-yet-unnamed new processor is manufactured using TSMC’s 16nm process, with a core area of no more than 195 square millimeters and an internal ring bus design, integrating eight x86 CPU cores, 16MB shared three-stage cache, four-channel DDR4-3200 memory controller, PCIe 3.0 controller (44) , South Bridge and IO features, is a complete SoC.

VIA x86 Return: First integrated AI coprocessor, AVX-512 supported

Of course, the biggest bright spot is the AI coprocessor “NCORE”, which occupies an area of about 34.4 square millimeters (17.6%), the software is mapped to PCI devices, supports the acceleration of DNN deep neural network creation and training, and is said to provide up to 20TB/s memory bandwidth, 20 trillion AI operations per second performance.

VIA x86 Return: First integrated AI coprocessor, AVX-512 supported

The performance of the entire processor is not data, only that it can work at 2.5GHz main frequency, and even support the AVX-512 instruction set, which is not the AMD Zen 2 architecture.

As for the application market, mainly for enterprise-class, workstation field, may also provide a set of face recognition closed-circuit monitoring turnkey program.

VIA will publicly display the AI processor on the 20-21st of this month and will release detailed technical documentation on December 2nd, but production release and time to market are yet to be determined.

VIA x86 Return: First integrated AI coprocessor, AVX-512 supported

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