HEXUS has reported upon Zhaoxin's x86 CPU efforts previously. Back in 2018 we noted the sharing of the VIA / Zhaoxin x86 processors roadmap. Much more recently, mid-December 2019, details of the firm's next-gen 7nm X86 CPUs emerged, which would be released as the KX-7000 series.
Winding back a little, the currently available generation of processors, the KX-6000 series, has started to appear in consumer / retail channels in China. Tech site AnandTech spotted that Chinese PC maker Xinyingjie has released a system which has a KX-U6780A BGA processor soldered to a C1888 motherboard. This PC features a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, two SO-DIMM slots, M.2 slots, and various other modern PC interfaces. It is noted that the KX-U6780A CPU is one of Zhaoxin's higher-end current models and it will be joined in the Chinese consumer space by the KX-U6880A this quarter.
Specs of the KX-U6780A, as featuring in the pre-built PC are as follows:
- Eight LuJiaZui CPU cores
- Clocked at 2.7GHz
- 8MB L2 cache
- Supports modern extensions such as SSE 4.2, AVX along plus virtualisation and encryption technologies
- Built on TSMC 16nm process
- 70W TDP
In previous reports we have heard that KX-6000 series chips were roughly comparable to Intel's 7th gen Core i5 (4C/4T) processors. However, tests and benchmarks are hard to come across, especially as the first consumer PC model sporting this processor range, pictured here, is an unreleased Xinyingjie D1S mini-ITX prototype of a system that is scheduled for release to the consumer space in March.
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Beijing is looking to replace all foreign software and computers in government offices and public institutions within 3 years, so perhaps we will see development like the above accelerate not just in the CPU market but also essential components like RAM, storage, and GPUs.