Biren Technology, a Chinese startup that designs GPUs and accelerators, is reportedly building a new 7nm chip that will rival Nvidia's next-gen 5nm data center GPUs, according to a report from Chinese media jiemian.
The CTO and chief architect of Biren Technology, Mike Hong, at an interview recently, informed the Chinese media that the firm's new 7nm GPU is progressing very well and is expected to tape out in the current year itself. The chip is being designed as an accelerator for tackling HPC and AI/ML workloads. The firm is pretty confident of the performance believing its new 7nm product could rival next-gen Nvidia 5nm Ada Lovelace-based GPUs as well.
Ada Lovelace is allegedly Nvidia's next-gen microarchitecture meant to succeed the current-gen Ampere designs and will be built using a 5nm process from either TSMC or Samsung. In the AI and HPC space, right now the company is making its Ampere-based A100 accelerators that already packs some impressive specs:
- 6,912 CUDA Cores,
- 432 Tensor Cores,
- up to 80GB of HBM2E,
- up to 2TB/s of memory bandwidth.
So next gen Ada Lovelace will certainly be at least as impressive and taking it on will be no easy feat.
Then there are other challenges as well for the new Biren chip. Over the last few years, AMD has also been making valiant efforts to meaningfully get into the lucrative server and HPC market. Last year, it launched its 32GB MI100 accelerator based on the CDNA architecture and touted the card as the world's first GPU to break the 10TFLOP FP64 barrier. And we also can't forget Intel's upcoming Xe HP GPUs called Arctic Sound.