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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I haven't said that American companies should stop to exist and I wouldn't want to since I'm happily using Intel and AMD processors here, but seriously, what's wrong with another big party to give the customer an additional choice for a microprocessor?

It doesn't even matter to me that it's a Chinese or an American processor, it's just an alternative to the obvious assortment of x86 processors that are on the market.

You are putting words into my fingers that I haven't even uttered. If you knew more about the situation you would know that there is a greater landscape of semiconductor companies that have a right to sell product than your precious Intel or AMD, the latter of which which isn't even second or third on the list of largest semiconductor companies.

It's too bad for them Intel doesn't license the x86 architecture so in order to have a competitive product on the market, they have to resort to licensing another one. Other architectures such MIPS, ARM, PPC and SPARC are being licensed, so what other choice does a starting (fabless) semiconductor company have than to license one of these?

For that matter it is Intel that is dominating the market in an unhealthy way, otherwise you would have a choice of an x86, SPARC, MIPS, PPC, ARM or another implementation for your general computing needs.

I run all of these, but don't make the mistake that I'm waiting for American companies to die or to be destroyed, that's laughable since four of these were invented in America. It's about a return to the healthy situation we had 10 years ago when you had a choice of systems from various vendors before Wintel destroyed that landscape.

I also wish for several of the companies that design the processors to collaborate, as they're already doing to a large extent. After that there is a choice of having completed designs manufactured at several manufacturing plants such as those from IBM, TSMC and UMC. Can you tell me what's wrong with that (it's today's reality anyway)?

Edited 2008-09-10 12:23 UTC

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