18 5 月, 2024

Manufacturing

Processing Machinery

Loongson: Push 7nm chips, move towards an open market in 2025, and compete with X86 and ARM in 2035

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Speaking of domestic CPUs, I believe everyone is familiar with Loongson. After all, among the 6 major domestic CPUs, Loongson may be the most self-developed, especially the Loongson 3A/3C5000 series processors launched last year. The instruction set developed by LoongArch.

However, everyone knows the shortcomings of Godson. First, there is still a big gap in performance compared with the contemporary Intel/AMD. Second, Godson does not have a mature and complete software ecosystem.

龙芯:推7nm芯片,2025年走向开放市场,2035年与X86、ARM鼎立

Also because of these two shortcomings, Loongson has not really entered the C-end consumer market in an all-round way, that is, it has not really entered the open market. It is more in education, government and other B-end markets, and government procurement is mostly.

Because in the open market, there are such powerful CPUs as Intel and AMD, but Loongson still can’t beat them. At the same time, in the C-end market, everyone relies too much on Windows. In addition, the Windows system and the X86 series have formed the Wintel alliance. , Covering the entire software and hardware market, Godson really has no advantage.

龙芯:推7nm芯片,2025年走向开放市场,2035年与X86、ARM鼎立

A CPU that cannot fully move towards an open market, to be honest, a CPU that is not competitive enough, this is naturally not the goal of Godson. Therefore, Hu Weiwu, chairman of Loongson recently expressed the hope that Loongson will be able to open up the market in 2025, basically establish an independent information system, and enter the international market by 2030.

In addition, Hu Weiwu proposed a bigger goal. By 2035, it is hoped that Loongson will be able to form a tripartite confrontation with the two chip architectures of X86 and ARM, that is, LoongArch, the instruction set of Loongson, can be as good as X86 and ARM.

龙芯:推7nm芯片,2025年走向开放市场,2035年与X86、ARM鼎立

For this goal, Loongson will launch a new chip Loongson 3A/3C6000 series next. This chip still adopts 12nm process with a frequency of about 2.5GHz, but the architecture will be upgraded from the current GS464V to LA664. Also 4-16 cores.

In addition, the 3A/3C7000 series will be launched as soon as possible, and the process of this chip will be greatly upgraded, reaching 7nm, and its performance will reach the CPU level of the mainstream market, and the time will be around 2024.

Regarding the goal of Godson, what do you think? If Godson can compete with X86 and ARM in terms of performance and ecology, it is not impossible for the three pillars to stand up in the future, and vice versa.