Huawei unveils industry's highest performance ARM CPU

Huawei has announced a new ARM-based CPU and server built for big data and distributed storage applications (Image Huawei)

Huawei has announced what it says is the industry's highest-performance ARM-based CPU, designed to enhance the development of computing in big data, distributed storage, and ARM native application scenarios.

The Kunpeng 920 CPU uses the latest 7nm manufacturing processes and has been independently designed based on the ARMv8 architecture license.

The CPU is designed to significantly improve processor performance by optimizing branch prediction algorithms, increasing the number of OP units, and improving the memory subsystem architecture.

The 64 core, 2.6-GHz chipset has achieved SPECint Benchmark scores of over 930 at typical frequency – 25% higher than the industry benchmark – while improving power efficiency by 30% over industry counterparts.

Huawei has also released a new series of servers powered by the new chipset, including models focused on storage, high density, and a balance between the two. Huawei said the TaiShan servers are built for big data, distributed storage, and ARM native application scenarios.

The company's director and chief strategy marketing officer William Xu said Huawei's expansion into the ARM segment does not represent a break from the company's long-standing partnership with Intel.

“Huawei has long partnered with Intel to make great achievements. Together we have contributed to the development of the ICT industry. Huawei and Intel will continue our long-term strategic partnerships and continue to innovate together," he said.

“At the same time, the ARM industry is seeing a new development opportunity. The Kunpeng 920 CPU and TaiShan servers newly released by Huawei are primarily used in big data, distributed storage, and ARM native applications. We will work with global partners in the spirit of openness, collaboration, and shared success to drive the development of the ARM ecosystem and expand the computing space, and embrace a diversified computing era."

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