Chinese chipmaker Ronson Technology performance briefing (opens in new tab) It is featured in the upcoming 4th Generation 3A6000 CPUs that have completed the design phase and are currently in production. According to Loongson, the first samples of the chip, which is expected to approach Ryzen 5000-level performance, should be available in the first half of 2023.
Ryzen 5000 is Zen 3 technology, roughly on par with Intel’s 11th generation chips from 2020 onwards. But Loongson’s LoongArch processor his architecture isn’t compatible with his X86 code, instead he mashes up bits of MIPS and RISC with custom instructions. This may be useful for emulating other systems. Introduced in 2021, it primarily uses Linux as its operating system.
Performance claims come from Loongson’s internal simulation tests using spec CPU 2006 benchmarks. discontinued by its manufacturer (opens in new tab) 2019. 3A6000 chip Provides 68% improvement (opens in new tab) Single-core floating point performance over its predecessor 3A5000 (opens in new tab)if correct, would be very impressive and consistent with claims made in June. (opens in new tab)The chips will be built on a 12nm process (Zen 3 was a combination of a 7nm CCD chiplet and a 14nm IOD chiplet), but Loongson Technology is a fabless company, so it’s not clear who will build the chips.
Software support for the chip is also in the works, and Loongson Technology Chairman Hu Weiwu spoke at the 2022 Information Technology Independent Innovation Summit Forum in Nanjing, working on creating Linux-based desktops and applications.China seeks to keep foreign technology out of his computing ecosystem (opens in new tab)just as the United States introduced export controls (opens in new tab) To prevent countries from getting advanced smarts.
The 3A6000 and its successor 3A7000 are expected to become mainstream products, but Weiwu also launched a Loongson 100 core project on the forum.His current Loongson server chip has his 16 cores (opens in new tab)64 core parts aren’t expected until 2015, so 100 cores could still be a while away.