While the focus is on graphics from Intel, even another company has already introduced its own locally produced GPU in China. MTT S60 and S2000 created a team led by a former Nvidia manager, so there might be something on them…
It’s curious that this is happening just as Intel has finally successfully completed its first standalone GPU for gamers and released the first Intel Arc graphics, but a brand new Chinese company, allegedly entering this market, has also offered a part similar. At the same time, the GPU company has recently emerged from the local industry (Innosilicon) and it is even the second. So we are talking about the arrival of the third brand, but soon it could look completely different.
After Innosilicon there has now been a presentation of its own GPUs, also from a company specifically called More Threads. We hear about it for the first time, it was founded in October 2020, and in 2021 this so-called “stealth mode” startup. Zhang Jianzhong, former vice president and general manager of Nvidia’s China branch, who worked there for 15 years before launching the startup (allegedly a month after leaving Nvidia), could add some credibility to his boss and founder. .
More Threads has now introduced a pair of GPUs in China, which are said to be based on the Musa or MUSA architecture (maybe for short?), or its first generation called Sudi. These are two cards, one for desktop PCs and games and the other for servers. Both are based on a 12nm GPU.
The desktop card is named MTB S60 and would contain 2048 “Musa cores”, possibly shaders. The GPU would have achieved a theoretical performance of around 6 TFLOPS and has 8 GB of graphics memory. However, this is not the usual type, mobile LPDDR4X is used instead. We don’t know about the TDP, but it’s cooled by a single-slot fan.
In addition, the company also presented a server version MTT S2000. It is said to be rated at 12 TFLOPS and it is likely possible that it is just a card with two chips from the MTT S60 card, so both would be based on the same design. However, the server version has 32 GB of memory. We don’t know the TDP here either, but according to the pictures the board should have an eight-pin power connector, so the TDP could be up to 150-225W. This board has a single passive heatsink location, so it is only intended for rack servers.
Support for Cuda and DirectX, x86 and ARM games
More Threads GPUs should have all the essentials. In addition to units for 3D graphics, there are also multimedia encoders and decoders, and possibly AI acceleration units as well. They are supposed to support game graphics in OpenGL, Vulcan and DirectX – the company has already showcased the League of Legends game, which allegedly runs on MTT S60 graphics.
Computer usage is supposed to work through OpenCL, SYCL and even Cuda (perhaps using a similar compiler like AMD). Graphics should be used both on computers with an x86 processor and on the ARM platform.
A year and a half since the company was even founded is an extremely short time to develop something so complex, so the question is how the company can now have its own GPU. Besides the possibility that there is a game on the IP not completely legally obtained from Nvidia, there may be legitimate explanations. The second and first mentioned Chinese GPUs from Innosilicon are based on an architecture licensed from Imagination Technologies. It’s possible More Threads’ GPUs are also a licensed implementation of the PowerVR architecture – then it could be developed much faster than the original technology and that would solve the DirectX driver and support issues (Imagination has also been sold to Chinese owners).
More Threads is also likely to have announced and introduced graphics in advance, while they may not be ready for production and sale yet. Until now, it could only be engineering samples.
It’s not yet clear when these graphics should actually go on sale (and therefore when we’ll find out if this show was truly legit and not some kind of darkness). Unfortunately, it must also be said that there is a high probability that this GPU and cards based on them will probably not appear here in Western markets, so we will probably lose this exoticism.
And this exotic could be a lot. In addition to Innosilicon and this company More Threads, there have been reports of at least two other Chinese projects preparing separate GPUs. Jingjia Micro has its line, and next to it, Zhaoxin, or its daughter GlenFly, is probably getting ready to bet on the historic S3 Graphics GPU line (see links below).
Sources: Tom’s Hardware, techPowerUp, IThome, MyDrivers