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VIA CenTaur Develops a Multi-core x86 Processor

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2019/11/18 22:32:09 (permalink)
https://www.techpowerup.com/261274/via-centaur-develops-a-multi-core-x86-processor-for-enterprise-with-in-built-ai-hardware
 
Tasting Intel's blood in the water with AMD's return to competitiveness, dormant x86 licensee VIA wants to take another swing at the market, this time with a multi-core processor targeted at enterprises and possibly workstations, developed by its subsidiary CenTaur. The company appears to want to cash in on the AI boom, and could develop turnkey facial-recognition CCTV solutions with the chip. CenTaur is ready with a working prototype. It features eight 64-bit x86 CPU cores, and an on-die "AI co-processor" named NCORE. A ringbus connects the eight CPU cores and the NCORE with the processor's other components. The processor features 16 MB of shared L3 cache, a quad-channel DDR4-3200 memory interface, and a 44-lane PCI-Express gen 3.0 root-complex, along with a fully integrated southbridge, making it an SoC. It also appears to be multi-socket capable, although VIA didn't detail the interconnect in use.

The NCORE is a PCI-mapped device to the software, which provides functions such as DNN building and training acceleration. From the looks of it, there's more to NCORE than simply a fixed-function hardware that multiplies matrices. Its developers state that the device accelerates AI at a rate of "20 trillion AI operations/sec with 20 terabytes/sec memory bandwidth." The CPU cores on the processor tick at 2.50 GHz, and while VIA hasn't made any IPC claims, it has mentioned support for the cutting-edge AVX-512 instruction-set, something even "Zen 2" lacks, which possibly indicates a powerful FPU. The silicon measures 195 mm², and has been built on 16 nm FinFET node at TSMC. VIA will demonstrate the unnamed processor and its testbed at ISC East 2019, held on November 20 and 21.
 
There wasn't any information about CPUs for the consumer market. I feel if VIA starts making X86 processors again for consumers then it will be low end. 

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    Re: VIA CenTaur Develops a Multi-core x86 Processor 2019/11/19 07:23:27 (permalink)
    https://www.viagallery.co...igning-via-processors/
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centaur_Technology
     
    OK, so VIA wants to put a toe in the facial-recognition AI world ...
     
    Surprised they were never bought to acquire the IP

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    Re: VIA CenTaur Develops a Multi-core x86 Processor 2019/11/19 07:28:00 (permalink)
    Honestly, I thought VIA  was gone out of business a long time ago .... 

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    Re: VIA CenTaur Develops a Multi-core x86 Processor 2019/11/19 10:11:14 (permalink)
    There is money in being a patent troll. Get away from physical hardware and it's all abstract ideas they can license out of thin air. They've definitely been under the radar for awhile though.
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