Intel and AMD shouldn’t panic yet, but this Chinese vendor has repacked a Xeon CPU

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Jintide Montage might sound like the name of a punk group, but it's not. In fact, the Montage is an x86 processor with PrC (Pre-Check) and DSC (Dynamic Security Check) technologies that can be used in Jintide or other server platforms.

It shares common DNA with Intel, AMD and VIA and uses Skylake Xeon silicon at its core - and has already entered mass production.

According to the marketing materials, Jintide uses Tsinghua University's DSC technology to achieve “high-speed IO tracing, memory tracing and CPU behavioral checking via its built-in security check engine."

The technology also allows it to "perform offloaded tasks, such as crypto computing, through its offloading engine, thus providing a server-CPU solution with great security and reliability for China's booming data center market”.

In other words, expect it to be used for anything from website hosting (opens in new tab) to VPN (opens in new tab) and cloud storage (opens in new tab).

From the available information, we can tell this is not a consumer processor and there's no Core CPU coming from Jintide any time soon. The Montage is also aimed exclusively at the Chinese market, perhaps extending to the country's close allies.

According to tech website HKEPC (opens in new tab), it uses an Intel Xeon compatible with an LGA 3647 socket - likely a variant of the W-3175, which was launched in Q4 2018. It has up to 24 cores, with a base frequency between 2GHz and 2.2GHz, going up to quad-socket and a TDP of up to 205W.

The processor was born of an official partnership with Intel and is presented as a hardware security enhanced server CPU, as per their Hotchips presentation from 2019 (opens in new tab).

Interestingly, Jianfeng Pan of Qihoo 360 Technology is listed as one of the co-authors of the presentation. Qihoo 360 is one of the largest software security companies in the world, with a user base located primarily in mainland China.

The current political stalemate between the US and China means the Montage's future is uncertain, but it will have piqued the interest of US-based competitors.

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.