Chinese company launches powerful 7nm GPU for data centers

Chinese company launches powerful 7nm GPU for data centers

The Chinese company Shanghai Tianshu Zhixin Semiconductor has announced its own 7nm GPU called Big Island (BI).

Given the severe shortage of video cards, even this can be considered good news, but even here it is important to understand that Big Island is intended for data centers. There is no exact data on performance and characteristics yet, but in FP16 calculations the GPU produces as much as 147 teraflops. That’s more than the Nvidia A100 rival, but less than the AMD Instinct MI100. Taking tensor kernels into account, A100 will be way ahead. The new product has 24 billion transistors – slightly less than the RTX 3080/3090.

The main thing about Big Island is the affordable price, but this has not yet been announced.

Tom’s Hardware suggests that Tianshu Zhixin has already started mass production to commercialize its GPU. Perhaps a version for the masses will appear.

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