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China kicks off 352 Project to seek independence from imported CPU

Monday, December 30, 2019

China’s latest domestic chip boosting initiative – called 352 Project – intends to develop a PC CPU which will replace 30% of the CPUs used inside China-based PCs within a year.

In 2016 AMD set up a China jv called Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd. (THATIC) and licensed x86 technology to it.

In 2018,, Chinese chip producer Chengdu Haiguang IC Design Co. (Hygon) took out a licence from AMD for EPYC server processors.

Hygon uses the licence to make x86 compatible server processors for domestic use only.

In 2019, AND said it would nit license any more designs to THATIC which means that the jv has nothing more advanced than the Zen architecture used in first-gen Ryzen and EPYC Naples processors, and will not license designs based the Zen 2 microarchitecture used in third-gen Ryzen and EPYC Rome processors.

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