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China Moves Toward One CPU Architecture to Rule Them All

By - Source: ExtremeTech | B 7 comments

There are rumors that the Chinese government is interested in unifying a processor architecture in China.

ExtremeTech is referring to "various industry sources" that state that the Chinese government has begun the process of picking a national computer chip instruction set architecture (ISA). There is reasonable credibility for such a rumor as China has said for some time that it wants to decrease its dependency on Western CPU architectures and eventually transition entirely to a domestic product.

According to the article, MIPS, Alpha, ARM, Power, and China's own UPU are up for consideration. While it is pure speculation when and if such a standardization decision will be made, it is almost common sense to anticipate that China will keep this one in its own country and be biased toward UPU. However, companies such as MIPS still have hope that they can score with the Chinese government as the Longsoon processor has its origins in a MIPS core. MIPS said that it expects results and answers within a few months.

In a conversation with EETimes, ARM president Tudor Brown said that he was aware of China's ISA moves, and noted that [ARM understands] China’s initial desire to have its own ISA, and [ARM continues] to cooperate and discuss with the key people involved to reach a good solution. However, ARM pricing has reached millions of dollars for a single license, which may out of reach for many Chinese chip makers. According to the report, ARM has more than 34 licensees in China while MIPS has more than 20.

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    silver565 , 30 April 2012 10:47
    How can this possibly work when certain architectures are better than others?
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    eriko , 30 April 2012 22:12
    This subject is 'out of depth' for ANY government, let alone a Stalanist state.

    Let the market decide what CPU architecture is best...
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    bedeage , 1 May 2012 01:18
    Probably comes with built-in backdoors for Big Brother to monitor everything you do.
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    MajinCry , 2 May 2012 06:45
    Sounds cool. Wonder what it will be able to do better than the other architectures.
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    Anonymous , 7 May 2012 21:00
    It has ultra optimized instruction set to apply censorship in hardware. In all probability it just means even cheaper pc/tablet/mobile knockoffs for the local Chinese market.
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    obsama1 , 14 May 2012 05:07
    How will this work out? MS isn't gonna go out of their way to make Windows for PowerPC/MIPS/whatever.
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    MajinCry , 14 May 2012 16:51
    obsama1How will this work out? MS isn't gonna go out of their way to make Windows for PowerPC/MIPS/whatever.

    China make new 'Soft!

    We call it NanoSoft!