Innosilicon Technology has announced China’s first high-performance GPU targeting servers specializing in VR, AI & Cloud Computing, the Fenghua No.1. The GPU aims to compete with NVIDIA and AMD solutions in the domestic market and offers competitive prices.
Innosilicon Technology Launches China’s First High-Performance Server GPU, Fenghua No.1, With Modern Specifications
So far, everything we have seen produced in the domestic Chinese market is one or more generations old compared to the products of Intel, AMD and NVIDIA. The Fenghua No.1 from InnoSilicon Technology seems to be the first component to take advantage of modern GPU features as listed by them for the Chinese GPU market.
The “Fenghua No. 1” GPU is reported to be the industry’s first graphics GPU to use the world’s best GDDR6X high-bandwidth video memory technology and advanced technologies such as Innolink chiplet. China’s proprietary physical non-clonable encryption PUF technology, PCIe 4.0, HDMI2.1, DP/ Self-developed advanced technologies such as eDP 1.4 are also brought together in one core.
“Fenghua No. 1” is the first domestically compatible 4K high-definition desktop and high-performance server-grade GPU, supporting domestic Linux, Android and Windows operating systems; support for mainstream graphics frameworks such as OpenGL/OpenGLES/OpenCL/Vulkan/DX; VR /AR/AI support; Smoothly supports multi-user application scenarios at the data center level, such as multi-channel cloud games, cloud mobile phones, cloud offices, and cloud desktops. The successful tape out of “Fenghua No. 1” demonstrates Inspur’s strong strength and low-key style in the custom development of advanced technology IP and GPU.
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Just to name a few, the card will support the PCIe 4.0 protocol, putting it on par with NVIDIA and AMD’s current-generation GPU lineup. It also comes with GDDR6X memory support which was only available on top of the range NVIDIA Ampere graphics cards. The GDDR6X memory solution was designed by Micron and the company has mentioned pin speeds of up to 21 GB/s, but there’s no detail as to whether the same speeds will actually be included in the Fenghua No.1 graphics card. Even NVIDIA’s current flagship, the RTX 3090, only goes up to 19.5 GB/s, so InnoSilicon’s card is unlikely to feature 21 GB/s chips.
Interestingly, the Fenghua No.1 GPU also comes with display outputs, there are HDMI 2.1 and an e-DisplayPort 1.4 as the main highlights. The company also had a DVI-D port, but in general this card has a headless design, which also makes it useful as a workstation solution. As for the design, the card has a dual-fan and dual-slot form factor and looks like a standard gaming card rather than a server or workstation solution. Most data center solutions do not have active fan coolers, but this one has two-blade fans.
The InnoSilicon Technology Fenghua No.1 GPU is primarily aimed at the Chinese data center market with computing capabilities for VR/AR/AI and other cloud computing ecosystems. It will support a range of APIs, including DirectX, but no version is listed. There have been reports that this GPU was ‘overshadowed’ in China due to limited API support, but now that it’s called DirectX, that may rekindle some interest in this particular product.
News source: Videocardz