July 25, 2005 A 64-bit microprocessor went into production last quarter that demonstrates China is capable of designing world-class microprocessors, according to a new article published by In-Stat’s Microprocessor Report. The Chinese processor, named Godson-2 (also known as Dragon), is the second chip in the Godson family. The Godson architecture is an unauthorized variation of the popular MIPS architecture from MIPS Technologies. For now, at least, the Chinese are producing Godson processors solely for their own domestic market. However, international exports are possible in the future, especially if the Chinese embed their processors in consumer-electronics products and other finished goods shipped to world markets. China's ambition to make its own microprocessors will affect microprocessor vendors all over the world.
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