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VIA plans their x86 comeback with AMD in their sights for 2019

VIA and Zhaoxin plans to make the x86 market into a three horse race

VIA plans their x86 comeback with AMD in their sights for 2019

VIA plans their x86 comeback with AMD in their sights for 2019

Every PC builder will have heard of AMD and Intel, the world's two leading x86 CPU manufacturers but unknown to the wider world is the 3rd creator of x86 CPUs, one that plans to re-enter the high-end x86 market to create a three-way race for x86 dominance.  

AMD and VIA are both licensees for x86 CPU architectures, making them the only two companies in the world that can take on Intel. Yes, Qualcomm has been able to release products that can emulate x86, but this solution is far from ideal and nowhere near capable of taking on true x86 processors in high-end applications. 

VIA currently runs a joint venture with the Shanghai Municipal Government called Zhaoxin, with VIA and Zhaoxin co-developing the company's latest CPU architectures. In late 2017 this partnership resulted in the release of the KX-5000, the company's fully-fledged SoC with support for PCIe 3.0, DDR4 memory and an integrated graphics processor.

The KX-5000 launched in late 2017, offering clock speeds of 2.0GHz, which is not impressive when compared to today's offerings from Intel or AMD, but remember that this is a significant design leap for VIA and that this development is just the start of the company's evolution. 

In 2018 VIA plans to release their KX-6000 series of CPUs, offering 4 or 8 core processors with clock speeds of 3GHz with support for DDR4 memory and PCIe 3.0. This product is expected to act as a low-cost alternative to Intel's Gemini Lake SoCs that is built on TSMC's 16nm process (The KX-5000 series used a 28nm process). 

  

VIA plans their x86 comeback with AMD in their sights for 2019

  

There have also been claims that VIA's KX-7000 series of processors are expected to reach the same performance levels as AMD, delivering PCIe 4.0 and DDR5 memory support. At this time it is unknown whether they intend to meet the performance of existing Ryzen processors or achieve performance parity with AMD when KX-7000 products are released (Zen 2/3 timeframe?). It is also unclear whether VIA means performance parity in a general sense or just in select applications, either way, the x86 CPU market is about to get a lot more interesting. 

A competitive VIA can only mean good things for the CPU market, providing more competition than we have seen in the x86 market for well over a decade. Do you think VIA will have a comeback into the mainstream x86 market? 

You can join the discussion on VIA's plans to re-enter the mainstream x86 CPU market on the OC3D Forums

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02-01-2018, 08:02:55

AlienALX
Whatever they make will likely be much more Android than Windows IMO. I mean small, cheap, low powered things. But hey, I'm always up for a nice surprise Quote

02-01-2018, 08:03:56

ByteMyAscii
AMD made one hell of a comeback with Ryzen and Threadripper, so if VIA are watching carefully they could see an opportunity.
Competition would be welcome, even if it isn't in consumer products yet.Quote

02-01-2018, 08:28:49

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by ByteMyAscii View Post
AMD made one hell of a comeback with Ryzen and Threadripper, so if VIA are watching carefully they could see an opportunity.
Competition would be welcome, even if it isn't in consumer products yet.
Via don't have the money of AMD, let alone Intel. It will be a super budget chip.Quote

02-01-2018, 13:27:31

NeverBackDown
It won't perform well and will have terrible support from day one. It'll take years for it to be worth anythingQuote

02-01-2018, 19:17:49

AlienALX
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
It won't perform well and will have terrible support from day one. It'll take years for it to be worth anything
Yup like their chipsets on AMD. God, they were awful.Quote
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