Tuesday, January 19th 2021

Chinese Tianshu Zhixin Announces Big Island GPGPU on 7 nm, 24 billion Transistors

Chinese company Shanghai Tianshu Zhixin Semiconductor Co., Ltd., commonly known (at least in Asia) as Tianshu Zhixin, has announced the availability of their special-purpose GPGPU, affectionately referred to as Big Island (BI). The BI chip is the first fully domestic-designed solution for the market it caters to, and features close to the latest in semiconductor manufacturing, being built on a 7 nm process featuring 2.5D CoWoS (chip-on-wafer-on-substrate) packaging. The chip is built towards AI and HPC applications foremost, with applications in other industries such as education, medicine, and security. The manufacturing and packaging processes seem eerily similar to those available from Taiwanese TSMC.

Tianshu Zhixin started work on the BI chip as early as 2018, and has announced that the chip features support for most AI and HPC data processing formats, including FP32, FP16, BF16, INT32, INT16, and INT8 (this list is not exhaustive). The company says the chip offers twice the performance of existing mainstream products on the market, and emphasizes its price/performance ratio. The huge chip (it packs as many as 24 billion transistors) is being teased by the company as offering as much as 147 TFLOPs in FP126 workloads, compared to 77.97 TFLOPs in the NVIDIA A100 (54 billion transistors) and 184.6 TFLOPS from the AMD Radeon Instinct MI100 (estimated at 50 billion transistors).
Source: Tom's Hardware
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13 Comments on Chinese Tianshu Zhixin Announces Big Island GPGPU on 7 nm, 24 billion Transistors

#1
LTUGamer
AMD in 2010: Northern Islands
AMD in 2012: Southern Islands
AMD in 2013: Sea Islands
AMD in 2013: Volcanic Islands
AMD in 2015: Caribbean Islands

Chinese manufacturer in 2021: Big Island
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#2
Vayra86
Big Island.

Lmao. Intel has lakes, AMD has mountains...

The Chinese copy both and make islands. Its like they're proud of it, or just keen to raise a giant middle finger. Somehow I can have a little bit of respect for trolling the world so hard and getting away with it.
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#3
xkm1948
Software will be the real challenge
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#4
john_
In other news

US blacklists Chinese company Shanghai Tianshu Zhixin Semiconductor Co., Ltd........:p
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#5
Caring1
They should make an ASIC called South China Seas, so they can put their Big Island on it. :oops:
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#6
Flanker
john_
In other news

US blacklists Chinese company Shanghai Tianshu Zhixin Semiconductor Co., Ltd........:p
I think it will be so bad that it won't be necessary
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#7
TumbleGeorge
Flanker
I think it will be so bad that it won't be necessary
This is bad mostly for ordinary consumers and their human rights to choose free.
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#8
sepheronx
TumbleGeorge
This is bad mostly for ordinary consumers and their human rights to choose free.
what?
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#9
Jomale
Most Americans are too arrogant. China is on your neck. This generation is only 3-5 years behind western Chips.
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#11
Patriot
Vya Domus
FP126 workloads ?

Huh ?
Fat fingered it. It's fp16 workloads.


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#12
OSdevr
I thought China wasn't supposed to have such an advanced process.
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#13
AusWolf
That picture of the chip somehow looks like a photoshopped Vega 20 / Radeon VII GPU. :wtf:
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