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.
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.
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.
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.