China's Big Island gas pedal is ready to compete with AMD and NVIDIA solutions

China's Big Island gas pedal is ready to compete with AMD and NVIDIA solutions

China's Shanghai Tianshu Intellectual Semiconductor Co. this week announced the imminent launch of mass production and upcoming commercial availability of GPGPU gas pedals based on a chip called Big Island. The named solution & ; this is the first gas pedal born in China, for which the 7-nanometer production technology. It is expected that the product will compete with AMD Instinct MI100 and NVIDIA A100 products, as well as Intel in the future, in the segment of data centers and high performance computing (HPC) platforms.

It is noted that the Big Island graphics chips will be produced by TSMC using its 7-nanometer FinFET technique, while the interposer of its own design will use TSMC's 65-nm process. The novelty will have 24 billion transistors. It will be PCIe 4.0 x16 capable and will be available as a full-length expansion card as well as an OAM module.

Tianshu Zhixin claims that Big Island's performance is almost twice that of mass-market products from other manufacturers. At the same time, lower power consumption is achieved. Overall, the new products should offer an attractive price-to-performance ratio.

The developer has already released images of Big Island-based gas pedals and server products. And the slide below gives an idea of the performance of new items. However, the creators are silent about the speed of FP64 calculations. But it is said that the chip will get 32 GB of HBM2 memory with a bandwidth of 1.2 Tbytes per second, as well as support for virtualization.

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