Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Sep 2008 08:52 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems When China launched its first microprocessor, the Godson 1 in 2002, it wasn't much of a competitor to what Intel and AMD had to offer. The 64bit Godson 2, released in 2005, still didn't worry the Western chip makers, but the chip did start to pop up here and there outside of China. Expect to see a lot more of them in the coming years, as the Godson 3 promises to be a chip that can compete head on with the big ones: quad-core, eight core version in the pipeline, and 200 extra instructions aiding in x86 compatibility.
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RE: design vs produce
by psychicist on Tue 9th Sep 2008 17:20 UTC in reply to "design vs produce"
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You may be right about the fact that Chinese manufacturing processes are not yet suited to the production of such sophisticated processors as Loongson.

That's the reason that ST Microelectronics has been involved with the design and production of these processors since 2004. They have a five year contract to manufacture and sell them worldwide and also acquired a MIPS64 license.

In a few years time when modern manufacturing plants will have been built to take care of production they may actually be able to produce the processors themselves. They have to go through a process during which mistakes and improvements are made based on experiences with real silicon, but will undeniably have caught up in a few years.

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