The Chinese company called Tianjin Phytium Technology is developing an ARMv8 processor for the desktop market, NUCs and other systems called Phytium D2000.
The ARM Phytium D2000 processor has 8 cores and is a derivative of the FeiTeng-2000/4 server chip , only with twice as many cores.
The chip has four pairs of FTC663 cores along with 2 MB of L2 cache and 4 MB of L3 cache. The processor has the latest ARM SIMD, INT and FP instructions. In addition, it features China’s SM2, SM3, SM4, SM9 encryption algorithms and PSPA 1.0 security platform.
As discussed earlier, the FeiTeng-2000/4 and Phytium D2000 processors share many similarities, such as the same I / O capabilities and DDR4 memory capabilities up to 3200 MT / s. The number of PCIe 3.0 lanes is 32, two 1Gb / s Ethernet ports, 32 GPIO lines or CAN, UART, I2C, SPI and LPC interfaces.
This is one of the first attempts to commercialize an ARM processor for personal computers, although the performance that we could obtain with something like this remains to be seen.
The Phytium D2000 processor would have clock speeds between 2.3 to 2.6 GHz with a TDP of only 25 W. The Chinese manufacturer uses a 14nm process and seems to be manufactured directly in China, probably by SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing).
These processors are expected to be marketed in China as an alternative to options from AMD or Intel. If it will reach the rest of the globe, it is difficult to be sure. We will keep you informed.