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China to mass produce Godson CPU
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-09-14 14:50
China will soon commence the mass production of its home-grown "Godson" central processing unit, Xinhua news agency reported today. The Godson-2E's performance is capable of competing with the early series of Intel's Pentium 4.

Having been officially tested by experts from China's Academy of Sciences yesterday, the first batch of the completely China-designed-and-made CPUs will put on selves before the end of the year, Xinhua said.

In the past five years, with the government's financial support, the Institution of Computing Technology, which is affiliated with the academy, developed three generations of the "Godson." The later ones reportedly triple the computing speed of the previous ones.

During the research and development period of the "Godson," the team published 39 theses and obtained 12 patents, Xinhua said.

Containing 47 million transistors, the CPU is able to calculate 4 billion times a second at a frequency of 1-gigahertz.

Godson series microchips were launched in 2002, which at the time equaled to the performance of an Intel 586 CPU. Though officially dubbed "Godson" in English, it is known in Chinese as "Longxing," literally "dragon's chip."

The Godson CPU is also expected to be installed into China's next generation of super computer in 2008, according to some earlier Chinese media reports.

The research team is now working on the development of a multi-core "Godson" CPU, Xinhua said.

Source:Shanghai Daily 
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