The government continues to take modest strides into the GPU space.
China has been discreetly developing CPUs and GPUs for years, but it has recently attempted to expedite current initiatives with little concrete success. Even still, every now and again, we hear of a modest advance made by a Chinese company. Such is the situation with Jingjia Micro, which is moving closer to delivering a graphics card capable of rivalling the performance of a GeForce GTX 1080.
So far, we’ve seen a lot more action in the CPU space from Chinese companies like Zhaoxin, which are trying to develop x86 processors that can catch up to and eventually compete with those made by Intel and AMD. However, GPUs have not seen nearly the same attention being devoted to them.
Jingjia Micro (also known as Jingjiawei) is one notable example, having begun as a military-civilian firm developing and manufacturing military-grade electronics. After successfully launching China’s first domestic GPU, the business said nearly three years ago that it was working on its own discrete high-performance graphics card.
According to a report from MyDrivers, Jingjia Micro is getting ready to launch not one but two graphics cards. The first is an entry-level model called JM9231 that will offer performance around the level of a GeForce GTX 1050 or Radeon RX 560. The second, more ambitious one, is the JM9271, which is supposedly able to keep up with a GeForce GTX 1080 or AMD’s RX Vega 64.
|JM9231||GTX 1050||JM9271||GTX 1080|
|API Support||OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 1.2||OpenGL 4.6, DX12||OpenGL 4.5, OpenCL 2.0||OpenGL 4.6, DX12|
|Boost Clock Rate||> 1,500 MHz||1,455 MHz||> 1,800 MHz||1,733 MHz|
|Bus Width||PCIe 3.0||PCIe 3.0||PCIe 4.0?||PCIe 3.0|
|Memory Bandwidth||256 GB/s||112 GB/s||512 GB/s||320 GB/s|
|Memory Capacity/Type||8GB GDDR5||2GB GDDR5||16GB HBM||8GB GDDR5X|
|Pixel Rate||> 32 GPixel/s||46.56 GPixel/s||> 128 GPixel/s||110.9 GPixel/s|
|FP32 Performance||2 TFLOPs||1.8 TFLOPs||8 TFLOPs||8.9 TFLOPs|
|Output options||HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3||HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4||HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.3||HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4|
|Video Encoding||H.265/4K 60FPS||H.265/4K 60FPS||H.265/4K 60FPS||H.265/4K 60FPS|
Digging deeper, the JM9231 will integrate 8 GB of GDDR5 memory and offer two teraflops of FP32 performance with a TDP of 150 watts, which would be an impressive feat for the Chinese company. As for the JM9271, it will come with 16 gigabytes of HBM memory and deliver 8 teraflops of compute power at a TDP of 200 watts.
However, Jingjia Micro states that the two graphics cards are still in the early phases of development and must undergo additional testing before the company can begin trial production runs. Efficiency isn’t a strong suit for these, but performance is promising if they’re equivalent – at least on paper – to GPUs from several years ago that are still quite powerful, like in the case of the GTX 1080. There’s also no word on DirectX or Vulkan API support, so the JM9231 and JM9271 GPUs may never see the light of day in a gaming PC.
Despite putting billions of dollars into subsidies for its semiconductor industry, China appears to have made little progress on this front. Progress is gradual, as we’ve seen with the country’s CPU initiatives, and few companies have the engineering know-how to pursue such projects.
The only other notable companies working on GPUs are Huawei’s HiSilicon subsidiary and Tianshu Zhixin Semiconductor, both of which are developing GPGPUs for the Asian server market.