- Mar 3, 2018
Earlier this year, Shanghai Zhaoxin Semiconductor, which is jointly owned by VIA and the Chinese Government, showed a picture of the KX-6000 CPU as it won an award at a Chinese Industry Expo. The x86 CPU is built on a 16nm TSMC process, and features 8 cores that run at up to 3Ghz, a DDR4-3200 memory controller, an integrated GPU with a hardware media decoder, I/O like PCIe and SATA, and support for Windows 10. Like its predecessors, the KX-6000 was built to compete desktop and laptop chips made by foreign competitors. In that vein, Zhaoxin claims the system is on par with 7th generation Intel Core i5 CPUs, but what that means exactly or when the chip will reach mass production remains to be seen. Regardless, it's interesting to see VIA try and catch up to AMD/Intel, who have dominated the x86 CPU space for years.