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China has a second sovereign GPU and continues to free itself from the USA

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It is less the performance of InnoSilicon’s Fantasy II GPU that is interesting than its characteristics: low in energy consumption, it offers China a new fallback solution in the event that American technologies are one day prohibited to it.

You don’t want to play with the new GPU from China’s Innosilicon, and yet the Fantasy II, the second chip from this company based in eight Chinese cities, is important. With a pixel rate of 48 Gpixels/s, this chip is powerfully inserted into Nvidia’s old Geforce GTX 1630 and 1650, entry-level cards from 2019 – and with undoubtedly much less efficient drivers in Games. Except that the Chinese chip has many advantages beyond gaming. Already in terms of energy efficiency. Compared to the 75W of Nvidia’s cards, the Fantasy consumes between 4W and 15W on a dedicated PCIe 8x card. No need for an external power supply.

But it is above all in matters of sovereignty that it is essential. It supports all local Linux distributions, used in Middle Kingdom administrations – CentOS, Kirin, KylinOS, Tongxin, UOS and even Ubuntu. But more rarely, it also supports “sovereign” Chinese CPUs, the Loongson, Huawei Kunpeng, Hygon Dhyana, Shenwei (Sunway) and other Zhaoxin Feiteng. And even a security and authentication system for the flow generated by the GPU (PUF for Physical Unclonable Function) designed around an in-house RISC V core. All this without ignoring the technologies necessary for any modern GPU such as DirectX, Vulkan, OpenGL, OpenCL, and even OpenGL ES. The mention of Direct X validating the company’s assertions of the imminent arrival of Windows drivers.

InnoSilicon did not give any information as to the nature of the GPU technology, but as noted by Tom’s Hardware, the previous generation was based on Power VR, an intellectual property of Imagination Tech. A technology well known for its excellent performance / watt ratio.

The interest of this Chinese chip is its almost sovereign character. The “almost” here representing the British PowerVR license, a “detail” that the Chinese could forget in the event of a conflict with the USA. From the USA which currently has control over all the major GPUs: from Nvidia to AMD to Intel, this industry is crushed by American players. A power that has not hesitated to deprive certain Chinese champions, like Huawei, of the technologies necessary for its development.

Aimed at tower and office PCs, the Fantasy II does not make any gamer on the planet dream, but gives food for thought. It’s not China’s only “sovereign” GPU, Jingjia Micro, a supplier of military electronics, has developed high-powered GPUs (equivalent to a GTX1080). China therefore has two local GPU players. And thus continues its road to technological independence.

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Tom’s Hardware