China’s “Dragon” CPU to challenge Intel

From MIT’s Technology Review comes a special report on China’s production of a new, third generation CPU family that could ultimately challenge Intel within a decade.  Since the Chinese do not have the ability to manufacture CPU chips themselves, and demonstrating a perfect example of Globalization, a French CPU company based in China is manufacturing the chip for China’s state-controlled technology program.

Their third generation chip Loongson (Dragon in English) includes for the first time full compatibility with Intel’s x86 architecture. Their two previous chips, the Godson-1 and Godson-2 were not Intel compatible.  Their goal is not to export this chip but to deploy computers within their country.  China will be arming their education, society and military (not in that order) with more and more cutting edge technology without worry about any potential conflicts of interest.

China’s well documented reputation of outright piracy of key industry technologies include stealing from America’s top auto and aircraft manufacturing industries. It should come as no surprise the Chinese have moved into stealing developing CPU technology.

Remember China is the best “pirate nation” on the planet, they will steal anything they can.  Its outright corporate espionage and will save the communist nation billions.

Amazon to sell OLPC

As reported by the BBC and others, Amazon has announced it will begin selling OLPC’s XO unit this fall.  The new unit will support dual boot to SugarOS or WindowsXP.  OLPC’s first GiveOneGetOne (G1G1) program struggled late last year.

Many canceled their orders when shipping glitches and production delays hit the first XO laptop.  This new unit is expected to begin in November.  Pricing has not yet been announced.

Tags: OLPC, Sugar Labs, Amazon, XO, open source, globalization, trends

Whats the point ?


Well I’m not sure its THAT important to know what type of coffee I’m drinking.  If I stood in line, then I know what I bought….overkill

Latest read: China Shakes the world

I found myself fascinated by China Shakes the World: A Titan’s Rise and Troubled Future – and the Challenge for America by James Kynge. Yet most of the time I was also infuriated over how America has fallen asleep regarding China’s threat to our economy.  Kynge has written an excellent book that should be read by every school teacher, mayor and businessman.

It was my goal to finish this book before the end of the summer Olympic games.  But I needed time to finish Randy Pauch‘s one of a king book The Last Lecture (review is here) so this week was plenty of time to complete this book.

Infuriating?  Yes Kynge shares a startling story about how the Chinese almost secured the assets to the American company that produces stealth coating to the B-2 bomber.  Yes THAT Stealth Bomber.  Now are you interested in what Hynge has to say?  It was Financial Time’s Book of the Year.

So how does America’s secret stealth technology (a skin made with highly specialized thermoplastics and composites which are radar-absorbent) come within arms reach of the communist Chinese?  Did they try to steal it?   No, they almost purchased the technology outright.

What about pirating and corporate espionage? China plays this game very well too.  And based upon the communist’s approach to banking, well lets just say their idea of business as usual includes very loose, corrupt accounting…kinda reminds me of Enron.

If you are frustrated with the RIAA’s music lawsuits against college kids encourage the RIAA to go to source in this matter: China.  The Chinese have truly become the world’s leading Pirate Nation. A word of note to the music and movie industry: Do you really believe your lawsuits against college kids is making a dent in your attempt to stop pirating?  Go to China.

The Chinese impact
It’s not on the gold medal stand in women’s gymnastics.  As the saying goes … if your not cheating, your not winning.  Regardless, it was the American gymnast Sacromone who fell of the beam and floor exercise that cost the team gold medal.  I know the Olympics bring out national pride. We all feel good about cheering for our athletes during the 16 days of competition.  But what about the other 349 days of 2008?
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Microsoft & Seinfeld: Lame

After watching this clip I realized two things.  The commercial lacks creativity and Seinfeld’s show closed before 9/11.  Our world is a lot different today.  The AD/PR firm should be fired.  I thought there were creative types in NYC.