Wednesday April 12, 2017

Zhaoxin Dedicated to Developing x86 CPU's, to Partner with TSMC

Chinese company Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor, jointly owned by VIA Technologies and the Shanghai Municipal Government, has announced that the company will be partnering with TSMC to produce it's in house developed 28nm x86 processors, based on Centaur Technology's x86 microarchitecture designs. A 16nm design is planned for 2018.

The company's chip performance is reportedly currently lagging far behind that of its international rivals, but has made much progress in its own development. It is unclear if we will ever see Zhaoxin chips here in the U.S. VIA Technologies has a FTC enforced cross-licensing deal with Intel through 2018, but it is unclear what happens after that time.

Thanks to Cageymaru for the link.

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Zhaoxin is committed to developing China's homegrown processors, which will require support from its manufacturing partners, Fu noted. The company is looking to cooperate with leading foundries such as TSMC, which provides advanced-node technologies for high-performance and low-power processors and other chip solutions, Fu said.