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Loongson: China’s answer to Intel/AMD

Companies / China Stocks Sep 08, 2014 - 10:49 AM GMT

By: Maninder_Batra

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I will give a brief here.Loongson is the Chinese microchip maker whose main markets are servers,supercomputers and desktops for Chinese govt using its indigenous chips. Loongson uses MIPS architecture instead of the x86 architecture that Intel,IBM and AMD use. Currently Loongson is marketing its latest 6 core,32 nm chip whose performance is 192 Gflops while consuming 40 watts.While Loongson has to still catch up with Intel and other western semiconductor manufacturers ,but due to the Snowden leaks that proved that US corporation manufactured hardware products have NSA back doors in them has sent shockwaves to Govts and major non-US industrial conglomerates.


This is a given miracle for Loongson as various govts and corporates will further move away from US based hardware and Software products . But then Loongson cannot totally depend on this. It needs to further improve performance . While reducing the core size has considerable advantages ,but China does not possess Fabs capable of producing below 28 nm. So there are alternate methods it must undertake .One could be parallel computing and the other silicon photonics which offers considerable advantages and IBM has developed for its mature 90 nm chips. If Loongson succeeds in implementing silicon photonics ,it will be a major gamechanger as silicon photonics would exponentially improve performance of chips at little cost.

But ,Loongson still has a long way to go.
By Maninder Batra

maninder300@yahoo.in

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