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PC Magazine: The Comic Book Connection

Aug 29, 2003, 11:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Fans of The Simpsons are familiar with the oafish nerd who owns the town's comic book store. Can you imagine him designing and selling his own x86 chips? That seems to be the story behind the V-Dragon, a CPU out of China supposedly developed by Culturecom Holdings, a former comic book publisher. The Chinese have been chatting up an x86 chip of Chinese design called the Dragon. Critics say it is roughly the equivalent of a slow 486. The V-Dragon, we hope, is better.

"I have found little in the way of details regarding the V-Dragon, but reports claim that sales of 100,000 chips will be delivered for Linux boxes, which are popular in cost-conscious, pro-open-source China. One giveaway might be the mention of Transmeta and IBM in the press materials. I suspect a Transmeta design and an IBM foundry. The way I see it, the first Chinese-designed Dragon chip was a hopeless exercise, and this may be a way to save face. Whatever the case, it is probably good news for Transmeta and the Linux community..."

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