When Pingtou Ge (Brother Pingtou) Semiconductor Co. was founded by Alibaba in September 2018, the vision was to create groundbreaking chips for production. The company had once been Zhongtianwei, a chip company, which was acquired by Alibaba in April 2018 along with team Aha.
The processor can deliver 7.1 Coremark/ MHz with a main frequency that reaches 2.5 GHz, which is reported to be 40% higher than the best RISC-V processor presently on the market.
There were two big technology breakthroughs for this processor – instruction processing at significantly higher levels than ever before and the first processor to achieve 2 memory approaches per cycle.
Caixian Global has reported that the chip could reduce the costs of related chip production by 50%, and Alibaba told the publication they’d release parts of XuanTie 910’s code on GitHub.
There is currently few details about XuanTie 910 processor, but China could use its influence to leverage RISC-V to offer competition to semiconductor companies like Arm, as well as circumvent US sanctions against Chinese companies such as Huawei.
Via Hacker News
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