SAN FRANCISCO - Phytium Technology Co Ltd, a Chinese integrated circuit (IC) design firm, has unveiled its latest
product, a 64-core central processing unit (CPU), and a related prototypecomputer server at a technology event in Silicon
The company, based in Tianjin, northern China, claims that its FT-2000/64 CPU, with 4.8 billiontransistors on a die 25.38
millimeters in width and 25.38 millimeters in length within a chippackage 55 millimeters in width and 55 millimeters in
length, is the first of its kind adopting theAdvanced RISC Machine (ARM) architecture.
As RISC stands for reduced instruction set computer, the ARM architecture results in processors,as the heart of
computers, with relatively less number of transistors and therefore reduced cost,heat and power use.
At Hot Chips, an annual symposium on high performance computer chips co-sponsored by theUS Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), in Cupertino, northern California, fromSunday through Tuesday, engineers from
Phytium said the new CPU chip, with 64-bit arithmeticcompatible with ARMv8 instructions, is able to perform 512 billion
floating-point operations persecond (FLOPS) at base frequency of 2.0 GHz and on 100 watts of power dissipation.
While the architecture is licensed from ARM Holdings, a British company, Phytium has designedits own cores, known as
FTC661s, which are the units that read and execute programinstructions, such as add, move data and branch, to be
integrated into the chip, enabling it to runmultiple instructions at the same time in what is called parallel computing.
One of major CPU developers in China, Phytium's previous CPU series integrate either 4 or 16cores. Shying off comparing
its products with more typical complex instruction set computing (CISC) x86 processors, such as those manufactured
by Intel Corporation, one of the world's largest chipmakers based on revenue, Phytium says the FT-2000/64 is so far the
best in the ARM category.
According to a sales respresentative, Phytium has provided thousands of CPUs to systembuilders that supply equipment
for government institutions, telecommunication businesses, banksand public utilities in China, and its latest chip is
expected to be used in high-throughput andhigh-performance servers.