The Chinese Government, as the resource EE Times, is currently engaged in an attempt to define a national standard for architecture processors. If everything goes without problems, the emergence of a standard that can be expected in the next few months, according to vice president of MIPS Technologies, Robert Bismuth (Robert Bismuth) can lead to significant changes in the computer industry’s most populous country in the world, as well as affect the how to conduct the business of international companies in China.
Officials from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China gathered at the first meeting of the China National Instruction Set Architecture in March, where they were joined by about 20 Chinese companies. Huawei, ZTE, and many other Chinese electronics manufacturers have been presented at the meeting, along with various research groups engaged in the development of chips.
Chinese netbook Lemote on the basis of Linux and CPU Loongson (MIPS)
Chip Loongson ( Eyoka )
For many electronics manufacturers in China, nuclear licensing ARM – too expensive (eg, license Cortex A9 is worth at least $ 5 million), but because they want a cheaper alternative. By the way, the president of ARM Tudor Brown (Tudor Brown) has expressed skepticism about China’s plans to develop its own processor architecture. “We are , of course , in the course of this initiative . It is not new and is discussedalready many months . We understand the desire of China to have its own ISA and continue to cooperate and negotiate with key people on this issue, in order to find a good solution. The problem itself is not in the ISA, and the ecosystem that surrounds the ISA, - he said, pointing to the huge size of the ecosystem of ARM. - While the development of ISA is relatively short-term business, the creation and deployment ecosystem takes much longer. “ In fact, ARM has achieved impressive success in the mobile market, where it dominates. In addition, more than 34 companies in China are licensed to manufacture chips ARM, whereas for MIPS, for example, just over 20 licensees in China.
Team Loongson- 3 ( Top500 )
As a permanent subject of allegations of violations of intellectual property rights, China has in recent years, seeks to create your own portfolio of technologies, which would put the country on an equal position with foreign companies. For example, unfolds its own system for satellite positioning BeiDou, and the creation of its own processor architecture may be another step designed to reduce China’s dependence on foreign technologies.
This is a very difficult task, given the fact that in the PC architecture is dominated by x86, and in the mobile sector reigns ARM, and move them from this position, even in China alone will be extremely difficult. However, the Chinese government wants to create a single software ecosystem of the country, and for this there is only one way – the country’s adoption of a common architecture of ISA.