x86 Chinese CPU Manufacturer Zhaoxin Has Been Working On Linux Support
Centaur Technology is the company VIA acquired back in 1999 to get into the x86 CPU game and the subsequent Nano, C3, and C7 CPUs that followed. But we haven't heard much of new VIA/Centaur x86 CPUs in years unless talking about the Zhaoxin company that was formed a few years ago between VIA and the Shanghai government for creating x86 CPUs for the Chinese market and as outlined in that article have been trying to become more competitive with their CPUs.
Curious about "new Centaur CPUs", when finding the patch, sure enough this CPU temperature driver addition is from a Zhaoxin email address.
That's not their only patch they have been dropping but over the weekend was another kernel patch for adding more Centaur CPU information to /proc/cpuinfo. Also last week was a set of patches for MCA support on "new Centaur CPU" among other patches. Merged back in January was another patch regarding a TSC frequency change.
So it does appear that Zhaoxin is getting their Linux support squared away for these newer CPUs. But judging from the relatively light patches so far and just extending existing VIA Centaur code paths from a decade ago, architecturally these new Chinese CPUs don't appear to be vastly different. From the patches I've looked through, it isn't clear if these new CPU support patches are for the company's existing "ZX" processors or the upcoming "KX" CPUs that are supposed to be more competitive with four cores, PCI Express 3.0, DDR4, etc.
Back to the hwmon updates for Linux 4.17, there is also new chip support for the ADM1273 and NCT6796D ASICs as well as various other hardware monitoring driver updates.