AMD isn’t the only American chipmaker to tap into the vast Chinese market via a shady deal. What Team Red did in the server market, Intel did in the client segment. The recently announced Powerstar CPUs are based on the x86 architecture with a design strikingly similar to Intel’s Core offerings. Turns out that it’s not a ripoff but designed in partnership with Intel.
It features a slightly customized design of the 10th Gen Comet Lake family (14nm Skylake cores). These changes were likely made to conform with the local regulations and add the Powerstar branding to the firmware. The company issued the following statement in response to the media inquiries:
Recently, Baode Computer Systems Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as: our company) released the CPU and complete products of Baode Burst Core Semiconductor, which have received continuous attention from the industry and media friends. For this, our company expresses our sincere gratitude and declares the following:
1. The first CPU of Stormcore is a customized CPU product launched with the support of Intel Corporation.
2. Stormcore CPU is mainly used for branded PC terminals in the commercial market.
3. Stormcore CPU has not declared any projects and subsidies to relevant government departments.
In addition, our company also hopes that some online self-media users will immediately stop and delete false remarks and infringing articles, pictures and videos against the Baode brand and Stormcore, so as to create a good public opinion environment for the development of the industry and enterprises.
Under the situation of vigorously developing the digital economy in the country, we call on enterprises, media and public opinion to support innovative models and jointly maintain a good environment for industry development.
This statement essentially confirms that the Powerstar CPU is a rebranded Intel Comet Lake part meant for PC terminals in the commercial market. It will not be included in any projects and subsidies related to the Chinese government. Lastly, it won’t come to the DIY or retail market either.