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Wednesday, 09 March 2011 10:54

Loongson architect says it will take Chinese 20 years to catch up with Intel

Written by Nick Farell
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Loongson not ready for the big time
Although the Chinese Loongson CPU will debut in one of the world's fastest supercomputers, but that doesn't mean it's ready for prime time, says its lead architect. Weiwu Hu, head of the Loongson design team said that it will be twenty years before China is able to sell its chips to the US "just like we are selling clothes and shoes."

So far Loongson chip has only appeared in low-powered netbooks and set-top boxes. Later this year a third generation of the processor is to debut in a petaflop-scale supercomputer. The chip's native instruction set is MIPS-based, which hasn't been used for desktop computers or even supercomputers for years, but it can emulate x86.

Hu said that it will take another decade before China-made chips meet the needs of the domestic market. Part of the problem is that chip fabs have cost structures that seem to depend primarily on the level of technical sophistication.

However Hu thinks that if China grows towards an information-based economy it could happen.


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+9 #1 fuadzilla 2011-03-09 13:36
viva la china!!! thank you for competing...let's kick intel's cheap ass.
 
 
+7 #2 mamisano 2011-03-09 17:37
Quote:
it will be twenty years before China is able to sell its chips to the US "just like we are selling clothes and shoes."


Umm, they are not selling us Chinese branded clothes and shoes. They are selling us US designed products produced in China. There is a BIG difference.
 
 
+17 #3 Abdussamad 2011-03-09 22:18
Quoting mamisano:
Quote:
it will be twenty years before China is able to sell its chips to the US "just like we are selling clothes and shoes."


Umm, they are not selling us Chinese branded clothes and shoes. They are selling us US designed products produced in China. There is a BIG difference.


The difference is that Americans are getting screwed twice. Once by US brands that sell cheaply produced clothing at huge margins and once by the Chinese who are "stealing" American jobs. Congratulations on your designer economy!
 
 
+2 #4 milkod2001 2011-03-09 22:22
Quoting mamisano:
Quote:
it will be twenty years before China is able to sell its chips to the US "just like we are selling clothes and shoes."


Umm, they are not selling us Chinese branded clothes and shoes. They are selling us US designed products produced in China. There is a BIG difference.

and that's why market is flooded with low quality products(when US designs meet Chenese low quality manufactoring)
just kidding
 
 
+1 #5 mrgerbik 2011-03-10 22:37
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The difference is that Americans are getting screwed twice. Once by US brands that sell cheaply produced clothing at huge margins and once by the Chinese who are "stealing" American jobs. Congratulations on your designer economy!




... and dont forget to thank your bankster-oil-pharma-corpo-fascist masters for all their hard work!! Otherwise, this wouldn't have become a reality.
 

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