Biren processor adds twist to chip history

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Shanghai-based Biren Technology introduced the BR100, its general purpose graphics processing unit or GPGPU, on August 9, 2022. [Photo/birentech.com]

Shanghai-based Biren Technology on Tuesday introduced the BR100, its general-purpose graphics processing unit, or GPGPU, tapping into a sector dominated by big names in the industry.

The BR100 is capable of producing exceptional performance that can match the GPGPUs of international giants,” said Biren Technology.

Industry experts have said that GPGPUs go beyond exclusive computation for graphics and perform computations in applications conventionally handled by a computer’s central processing unit or processor. Using many video cards or multiple graphics chips further increases the already parallel nature of graphics processing.

Biren’s BR100 can deliver up to 1000 TFLOPS in 16-bit floating point operations and 2000 TFLOPs in 8-bit fixed point computing. (A teraflop or TFLOP rating is a direct mathematical measure of a computer’s performance, in terms of a processor’s ability to compute 1 trillion floating point operations per second. A computer with 5 TFLOPS, for example, means that its processor can handle 5 trillion floating-point calculations every second on average.)

“This is the first time that a Chinese company has been able to deliver such numbers in the field of global general-purpose GPU computing, and we hope this achievement will contribute to the overall development of semiconductor technology development.” -drivers in the country,” said Zhang Wen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Biren Technology.

Developing an ecosystem for domestically-made GPGPUs and AI chips is extremely important, said Wang Yu, a professor of electronic engineering at Tsinghua University. “If we could establish a relatively unified ecosystem that allows more users to drive programs and applications, chipmakers would benefit greatly.”

There is a growing demand for GPUs following the rapid development of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data and cloud computing, said Li Xianjun, a research associate at the Institute of Industrial Economics, who makes part of the Chinese Academy. of social sciences.

China should also step up support for the IC or IC industry, Li said, adding that more efforts should be made to expand the application scenarios of GPUs, which are used in data centers. , smartphones, computers, virtual reality, augmented reality and extended reality. devices.

China’s semiconductor industry has seen robust growth in recent years, but it still lags behind in core chip materials and manufacturing equipment, Li said, stressing the importance of independent innovation.

Roger Sheng, vice president of research at market research firm Gartner, called for efforts to establish software platforms and developer communities, and to strengthen cooperation with data centers and vendors. intelligence services to further enrich the GPU application ecosystem.

According to Hong Zhou, co-founder and chief technology officer of Biren Technology, the BR100 is the result of a chip-based design in which a single chip is broken down into multiple smaller chips or independent IC blocks that constitute a large and complex chip. .

Chip manufacturing is evolving to encompass more difficult designs and more complicated processing. This in turn leads to a continuous increase in costs, according to a research report by Everbright Securities.

In such a context, chiplets are gaining importance because they can improve productivity and yields, reduce design complexity, and help reduce design and manufacturing costs.

A report from Zheshang Securities expressed a similar view, noting that as an important replacement for conventional chips, chips could bring new opportunities to the domestic semiconductor industry chain.

Shares of companies that make chipsets led Chinese stock markets higher on Monday and Tuesday, and the sector remained active on Wednesday, Chinese Business News reported.

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