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Loongson preps eight-core CPU

Posted on Thursday, November 29 2012 @ 12:42:48 CET by

TechSpot reports Chinese processor maker Longsoon will reveal its new eight-core processor at ISSCC in early 2013. This new MIPS based chip may eventually challenge x86 and ARM based chips, the latest Godson-3B1500 revision is a 1.35GHz chip with a TDP of 40W and a peak computing power of 172.8 gigaflops. The processor is made on a 32nm p rocess and consists of 1.14 billion transistors.
A preview from the International Solid-State Circuits Conference to be held in San Francisco starting February 17 shows the new chip is about 35 percent more power efficient than the previous Godson-3B design built on a 65nm process. It has nearly double the number of transistors as well.

It’s worth pointing out that Loongson CPUs aren’t compatible with Microsoft Windows which will likely lead to lower adoption rates. Of course at this stage in the game, there are plenty of platforms that are very successful without Windows – just think mobile.



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