Loongson has announced the development of its brand new 3A6000 CPU for the domestic China market, offering performance comparable to Intel's 10th generation Core i3 chips.
Loongson Confirms 3A6000 Chip Tape-Out and Ready for Production This Year for China's Domestic CPU Segment
The Loongson 3A6000 CPU is based on the company's Dragon core architecture and has been in development for some time now. Last year, the company had hopes of tackling Intel's 11th generation and AMD's Zen 3 processors, which would be a big step forward for the domestic China market.
In the latest release, Loongson has published the first official specifications of the 3A6000 CPU which features a quad-core design (4C/8T) and an operating frequency of 2.5GHz. The CPU uses a 4th generation Dragon architecture that integrates LA664 cores with support for 128-bit vector processing extended instructions (LSX) and 256-bit advanced vector processing extended instructions (LASX) along with SMT2.
The Chinese chipmaker also shared some performance figures for the chip running with dual-channel DDR4-3200 memory, 256GB NVMe SSD and Loongnix (v20.4) OS using the LoongArch64 gcc8.3 compiler (based on Linux). In SPEC CPU2006 (v1.2), the CPU offers a base score of 43.1 in INT and 54.6 in FP. In Unixbench, the Loongson 3A6000 CPU is able to deliver up to 2284.5 points in 1 parallel copy and 7438.4 points in the benchmark test with 8 parallel copies. The CPU is said to provide more than a 60% performance increase over the 3A5000 CPU using the same process node.
There are also the Stream results showing the overall bandwidth numbers of the chip, which can be seen below:
According to Loongson, the 3A6000 CPUs are software compatible with current 3A5000 CPUs and other LoongArch chips. The company also released a patch to support hyper-threading in its latest chips. The same cores will also be used to power the successors to the server chips with a double performance increase.
Overall, the Loongson 3A6000 CPU is said to be comparable to Intel's 10th generation Quad-Core CPUs launched back in 2020, which is a good development for the Chinese domestic market.
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