China startup aims at server processor market
Hangzhou Hongjun Microelectronics Technology Co. Ltd. (Hangzhou, China), which trades as HJMicro, has raised nearly 800 million yuan (about US$120 million) to develop Arm-based processors for data centers.
The company is aiming for the twin goals of higher energy efficiency of computation with easier deployment.
The financing was led by Walden International, Hillhouse Ventures, and CDH VGC with numerous partners participating including Biren Technology, Xinlanwei, Chendao Capital, and Xingrui Capital.
In April 2022, HJMicro announced that it was working with the ARMv9 instruction set and the Neoverse N2 platform to develop a server processor. The announcement was made with ARM China but included quotes from Liu Renchen, one of the co-CEOs appointed to replace Allen Wu (see ARM moves to regain control in China, clear path to IPO).
Shen Rong is the founder, chairman and CEO. He spent more than 20 years with Intel where he helped replace traditional RISC architecture servers – Sparc – with x86 architecture servers. Chen Weixiang is the CTO of HJMicro
The company said that about 10 major design innovations and optimizations would be carried out in the domains of performance, power consumption and security to create a server processor that was more efficient and easier to deploy.
HJMicro also plans to work with partners to build a laboratory where real-world workloads can be run to allow for design optimizations to suit a user’s applications.
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