Xinhua quoted the direct of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) computer division as saying the development of a home grown CPU was because the dictators had, er, dictated that will happen.More info over here.
He told Xinhua that one technology strategy wouldn't affect the government's strategy. And the AMD deal poses no threat to its own R&D efforts and to its Longxin family. Two additional versions of the processor will be released "very soon".
China wants to smash CPU monopolies
Posted on Thursday, Nov 03 2005 @ 12:50 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
The deal signed between AMD and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology only boosted the country's will to develop its own processors, the Xinhua news agency reported.