Chinese manufacturer Hygon has begun production of x86 processors based on AMD Zen microarchitecture. The project is realized within the framework of the Made in China initiative 2025 – the campaign is aimed at transforming the country from the category of “world factory” into “world technological leader”. Processors Dhyana should compete with chips from AMD, Intel and VIA Technologies.
The agreement cost the Chinese side $ 293 million, AMD will also receive royalties, the amount of which will be calculated from the number of Dhyana processors sold. It is noted that the deal was announced in 2016, when the American company was going through hard times and needed financial injections.
The joint venture was named Tianjin Haiguang Advanced Technology Investment Co. Ltd. (THATIC), which includes AMD.
It is noted that AMD does not provide the Chinese side with the final design of the processors, but only provides some technologies. Processors are focused on the local server market in China.