EE Times reports Chinese researchers are working on new Godson processors. Six generations have been developed since the chip was first unveiled in 2001, next year the developers will release new 65nm parts and a future generation will make the leapfrog to a 28nm process.
A chief architect of China's microprocessor initiative described an ambitious set of new Godson CPUs including a server chip with vector processing. Wei-wu Hu, a professor at Beijing's Institute of Computing Technology that has led development of the chips, announced several new 65 nm parts debuting in 2011 and plans to leapfrog to a 28-nm process for the next generation.
The ICT has developed six generations of the MIPS-based Godson chips since it started work on the architecture in 2001. Hu presented a paper at Hot Chips focusing on the latest high-end part, the Godson 3B.
The eight-core processor runs at up to a gigahertz and consumes 40W in a 65-nm STMicroelectronics process. The chip--which taped out in May and will be in silicon in September--measures 300mm² and delivers 128 gigaflops, Hu said.