As a joint venture established by VIA in Shanghai, Zhaoxin has been working for many years to provide processor solutions for a wide range of client systems. Recently, however, the company introduced a KX-6780A octa-core CPU for DIY enthusiasts and x86 compatible. It has an 8MB secondary cache, dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory control, and integrated support for DirectX 11.1 (most likely an unspecified S3).
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The Zhaoxin KX-6780A uses its own “Lujiazui” kernel architecture, built around technologies such as over-emissions, multi-emission, and random execution, supporting modern instruction set expansion, virtualization, and encryption technologies such as SSE 4.2 and AVX.
The processor is contracted by TSMC and uses a 16nm process, initially focusing on the domestic market. The new platform offers a variety of modern I/O interfaces, including PCIe, SATA, USB, and more.
Zhaoxin officially launched the KX-6000 series OF CPUs in 2018, but it now appears that high-end models such as the KX-U6780A and KX-U6880A will enter the consumer market this quarter.
Cjoyin Has created a C18888 motherboard for DIY enthusiasts that supports the KX-U6780A COU, which is small (looks like ITX), but still offers a PCIe 3.0 x16 and two SO-DIMM memory slots, as well as a variety of internal and external connectivity options.
In the early days of the KX-6000 Series, officials declared that its performance was comparable to that of the quad-core/non-hyperthreaded Intel Seven Generation Core i5 CPU. Unfortunately, the on-board CPU is in a BGA package, so subsequent upgrades to the KX-6780A/C1888 platform can be cumbersome.
The new platform is expected to be available to consumers in March, the sources said. Prototypes are known to be seen so far, and the final product is expected to be enhanced in all areas.