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Thursday, 21 October 2010 08:52

China reveals its latest chip creations

Written by Nick Farell

World holds its breath
The glorious People's Republic of China has been showing off its latest range of chips which it hopes will give the imperialist capitalist pigdogs in the decadent West a run for their money.

Weiwu Hu, the lead architect of the "national processor" of China, revealed three new chip designs at the Hot Chips conference at Stanford University. The Loongson processor family (known in China by the name Godson), is now in its sixth generation. The latest designs include a one-gigahertz, eight-core Godson 3B, the more powerful 16-core, Godson 3C, and the smaller, lower-power, one-gigahertz Godson 2H, intended for netbooks and other mobile devices.

According to MIT Review the Godson 3B will be commercially available in 2011, as will the Godson 2H, but the Godson 3C won't debut until 2012. The eight-core Godson 3B is significantly less powerful than Intel best chip, the six-core Xeon processor and when Intel's forthcoming Sandy Bridge processor and AMD's Bulldozer processor come out the Godson 3B will be looking very out of date.

But the chips shown off indicate that China's chip-making capabilities are improving quickly. Intel is currently on a 32-nanometer process, while the Godson 3B uses 65 nanometers,which means that it is a lot slower. But the Godson 3C processor will use a 28-nanometer process and will be four times as fast as the Godson 3B.

IThe Loongson processor is based on the MIPS instruction set, the basic commands that a microprocessor understands. In contrast, Intel and AMD processors are based on the x86 instruction set. Boffins at China's Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) have added more than 300 instructions to the MIPS instruction set.

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-31 #1 function69 2010-10-21 09:21
Why invent a bicycle all over again?
+29 #2 kabarsa 2010-10-21 09:29
Oh damn, that's some interesting info. China is heading the right direction. For now Chinese expansion is inevitable. It's just a matter of time. It'll be very interesting to see what's next.
+8 #3 The_Wolf88 2010-10-21 10:30
No x86 means no use to us !!
-3 #4 AndromedaB 2010-10-21 11:25
ok what i dont really get is why not go with ARM or something similar. redesign the whole IA if you dont want to use x86, i mean if this is somthing the goverment really wants they might as well do it thoroughly.
+12 #5 aussiebear 2010-10-21 12:15
Quoting The_Wolf88:
No x86 means no use to us !!

The Godson-3 series supports x86 code via additional 200 instructions and emulation when used with QEMU (open source processor emulator software); it can run x86 code at 70% performance of an Intel processor.

x86 isn't a priority for this processor, because China wants their home grown design to be independent of Western sourced technology.

This is a Godson-based solution from 3 yrs back.
=> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36TS5VSZzfY

Think of Godson-series AND Linux. This potentially allows them to cover everything from supercomputers to netbooks and embedded devices.
+5 #6 Nooblet 2010-10-21 12:38
Quoting function69:
Why invent a bicycle all over again?

you're wrong, they're reinventing a tricycle given blue prints of motorbikes.

but nevertheless u'll soon seen jetpacks added to them -.-
+2 #7 Zlip792 2010-10-21 15:05
Awesome, like to see CPU-Z picture....If possible...
+13 #8 hoohoo 2010-10-21 15:15

Ask yourself this: would the USA allow itself to be completely dependent on another country, one which is rather antagonistic, for supply of a crucial product, CPUs? Well, that the positioin China is in. USA could limit sales of computer tech to China at any time.

It is called realpolitik, and looking out for number one.

As well, given the brilliance of the USA education system, we are probably looking at the last generation of USA chip designers. China is just looking to keep the computer business alive.
-1 #9 Fierce Guppy 2010-10-22 09:04
hoohoo: USA could limit sales of computer tech to China at any time

Why? Please elaborate on the nature of the antagonism. What is a likely scenario that would give the U.S. government cause to limit Intel and AMD CPU sales within mainland China?

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