Kineska tvrtka započinje izradu x86 procesora na temelju AMD 'Zen' arhitekture



Chinese chipmaker Hygon began mass-producing its first x86 processors codenamed 'Dhyana' based on AMD's 'Zen' micro-architecture. The processor is the fruition of a deal AMD entered with a Chinese state-owned company back in mid-2016. As part of this deal, a company called Haiguang Microelectronics Company (HMC), in which AMD has a 51 percent stake, would license the 'Zen' architecture to another company called Hygon (Chengdu Haiguang Integrated Circuit Design Co.), in which AMD owns a 30 percent stake. Hygon would then design 'Dhyana,' and a third entity (likely TSMC or some other Chinese foundry), would contract-manufacture the chip.

Takva pravna gimnastika potrebna je kako bi se AMD zaradio na 293 milijuna dolara koje će kineskim tvrtkama trebati za licencu „Zen“, a da pri tome ne krši x86 arhitekturu sporazuma o unakrsnom licenciranju koji je potpisao s Intelom, osnovnim vlasnikom x86 IP86. Kineske tvrtke prolaze kroz sve ove probleme kako bi izgradile 'Dhyana' umjesto da jednostavno postave veliki red EPYC procesora, ne samo zato što žele veću kontrolu nad ponudom i cijenama tih čipova, već vjerojatno i da bi Kina mogla voditi računa na svim softverima koji rade na umrežavanju procesora i uklanjaju bilo koje stražnje vlade (* kašalj * NSA * kašalj *).
Source: Tom's Hardware