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Ali Baba is making 2.5 GHz RISC-V, 16 Core processor

Ali Baba is making 2.5 GHz RISC-V, 16 Core processor

What thought comes to your mind when the US threatens to cut off access to every single piece of extraordinary tech ever? Of course, you should join the open-source RISC-V Foundation. Chinese retail giant Alibaba has set up a new R&D branch to take advantage of the open-source RISC-V instruction set and their first product is the Xuantie 910. A free approach to some of the most advanced current processor technologies, and a promised window to peek at what the other Foundation members are doing. The other members include Google and Nvidia. China’s Ali Baba is making 2.5 GHz RISC-V, 16 Core processor.

The Xuantie:

The Xuantie (XT for short) is considered to be the most potent RISC-V processor yet. It is based on a 12nm process, and features 16 core processor operating at 2.5 GHz, compact 16-bit instructions, supports 64-bit processing, and in-development vector operations. Significantly, however, it is very good at out-of-order services, which is something RISC-V processors have fought with. Remarkably, the processor also supports 50 extra instructions on top of the standard 32.

Processor’s performance:

Authorities revealed the processor achieves a CoreMark score of 7.1/MHz, At Alibaba’s Cloud Summit presentation. While the nearest challenger, SiFive’s U74, reaches just 5.1/MHz. That’s a 40% performance increase if a manufacturer’s testing is to be believed.


Alibaba is unlikely to manufacture their processors for some time. While they’re still deliberating the business model for the Xuantie 910, some elements will be available on GitHub, and a whole model might be buyable. Jianyi Meng, who is the senior director at Alibaba Group, has plenty of generic buzzwords to get you excited, as for who might want to buy it.

Jianyi Meng said in a press release that’s mysteriously disappeared,

“The breakthrough is more than just a performance improvement of RISC-V processors. It means more IoT (internet of things) areas that require high-performance computing such as 5G, AI (artificial intelligence), gateway, networking, edge server and self-driving automobile can now be powered by this latest RISC-V processor. It was recently used for simple implanted devices like smart-home appliances,”

Beijing has stated that it wants 40% of processor demand to be met by local supplies coming year, though last year, that ratio was just 15%. If the trade competition continues on its current rate, Beijing might need 100% of demand to be met by Chinese suppliers, and if that possibility occurs, designs like the XT 910 will be pivotal.

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