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VIA CenTaur CHA NCORE AI CPU Pictured, a Socketed LGA Package

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2020/02/18 12:11:18 (permalink)
https://www.techpowerup.com/263978/via-centaur-cha-ncore-ai-cpu-pictured-a-socketed-lga-package
 
VIA's CenTaur division sprung an unexpected surprise in the CPU industry with its new CHA x86-64 microarchitecture and an on-die NCORE AI co-processor. This would be the first globally-targeted x86 processor launch by a company other than Intel and AMD in close to 7 years, and VIA's first socketed processor in over 15 years. SemiAccurate scored a look at mock-up of the CenTaur CHA NCORE 8-core processor and it turns out that the chip is indeed socketed.

Pictured below, the processor is a flip-chip LGA. We deduce it is socketed looking at its alignment notches and traces for ancillaries on the reverse-side (something BGAs tend to lack). On the other hand, the "contact points" of the package appear to cast shadows, and resemble balls on a BGA package. Topside, we see an integrated heatspreader (IHS), and underneath is a single square die. CenTaur built the CHA NCORE on TSMC's 16 nm FinFET process. The package appears to have quite a high pin-count for a die this size, but that's probably because of its HEDT-rivaling I/O, which includes a quad-channel DDR4 memory interface and 44 PCI-Express gen 3.0 lanes.
 
Personally I would imagine this is a low speed, low power CPU but I could be wrong. 
 


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    Re: VIA CenTaur CHA NCORE AI CPU Pictured, a Socketed LGA Package 2020/02/18 12:53:58 (permalink)
    what makes it AI co-processor ?
     
    thought the days of co-processor for CPUs was done long ago
     
    Same CPU as in this thread ?  Or maybe based on this ?
     
    VIA CenTaur Develops a Multi-core x86 Processor
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    Re: VIA CenTaur CHA NCORE AI CPU Pictured, a Socketed LGA Package 2020/02/20 01:10:59 (permalink)
    it has eight x86 cores in it plus a ncore processor(neural core)

     
       


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