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China's Latest Loongson CPUs Are On Par With AMD's Excavator

Loongson 3A4000

Loongson 3A4000 (Image credit: Loongson)

According to a MyDrivers report, Chinese chipmaker Loongson, formerly known as Godson, has announced its latest quad-core 3A4000 and 3B4000 processors. The first is aimed at the mainstream market while the latter is designed for the server market. The chips are 100% made in China and don't rely on any third-party intellectual property.

Loongson president Hu Weiwu has stated that the 3A4000 delivers twice the performance of its predecessor, the 3A3000. Hu goes on to mention that processor's performance is comparable to that of AMD's 28nm Excavator parts, which launched in 2015.

Both 3A4000 and 3B4000 employ the GS464V microarchitecture and are built on STMicroelectronics' 28nm FD-SOI (Fully Depleted Silicon On Insulator) manufacturing process and utilize the FCBGA-1211 package. The processors are equipped with four cores, 8MB of L3 cache and operating clocks that span between 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. 

Loongson 3A4000

Loongson 3A4000 (Image credit: Loongson)

Loongson's latest pair of 28nm parts support DDR4-2400 memory, dynamic frequency and voltage regulation, which should help improve battery life in laptops. The 3A4000 draws up to 30W, 40W and 50W at 1.5 GHz, 1.8 GHz and 2 GHz, respectively.

The 3B4000, which is the server chip, plays nice with ECC (error-correcting code) memory and can be deployed in a eight-way configuration to offer fourfold the performance of the previous 3B3000 that was limited to a two-way configuration.

In terms of security features, the 3A4000 and 3B4000 come with integrated mechanisms to shield against vulnerabilities, such as Meltdown and Spectre. The processors also support encryption and decryption algorithms, including MD5, AES and SHA.

Loongson has already plotted the path for next year. The chipmaker expects to introduce the quad-core 3A5000 and 16-core 3C5000 chips to the Chinese market. The new processors would be based on a more up-to-date 12nm manufacturing process and come clocked up to 2.5 GHz.

  • twotwotwo
    Then they hire Jim Keller for a few years to lead a design team and...
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  • Makaveli
    lol Jim Keller will be banned from working in China due to national security concerns :)
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  • SamirD
    wow, wait until they perfect these and then dump them in the us--they'll kill off intel and amd like they did every other us leader of industry...
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  • madartzgraphics
    Good. The red army can now backdoor every computer if they want to. The five eye nation will be unhappy hearing this news.
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  • NightHawkRMX
    Wow, they are on par with a notoriously horrific architecture from nealy a decade ago.

    Impressive.
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  • d0x360
    SamirD said:
    wow, wait until they perfect these and then dump them in the us--they'll kill off intel and amd like they did every other us leader of industry...

    These won't be sold in the US lol. Would you buy a cpu made by the CCP? Why not just give them a live feed of your screen and keyboard, it would be cheaper.
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  • madartzgraphics
    d0x360 said:
    These won't be sold in the US lol. Would you buy a cpu made by the CCP? Why not just give them a live feed of your screen and keyboard, it would be cheaper.

    Smells huawei to me. :LOL:
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  • mitch074
    NightHawkRMX said:
    Wow, they are on par with a notoriously horrific architecture from nealy a decade ago.

    Impressive.
    Since they reached this level of performance using a MIPS chip emulating a x86 chip, then yeah, it's impressive - it means that it's feasible to run x86-only apps on the chip, and that native apps will run much faster.
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  • Mandark
    Everything is easier when you steal all your technology from everyone else who does the work and have AMD helping you directly
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  • jkflipflop98
    They probably are AMD excavator chips from 2015. The chinese have 0 qualms over stealing tech, as we all know.
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