Hong Kong firm offers 'Chinese' CPU for Linux PCs
By Peter Clarke
Semiconductor Business News
HONG KONG -- Culturecom Holdings Ltd., a publisher of Chinese language
"fighting" comics that migrated into information technology in the 1990s, has
begun selling its V-Dragon microprocessor for use in Chinese PCs.
Culturecom, which listed on Hong Kong's stock exchange, professes links to Transmeta
Corp. and IBM Corp. A report on Culturecom's Web site when the first reports surfaced
said transactions in its shares were suspended on July 23 pending an announcement on a
cooperation effort with eForce Group and Transmeta to exploit the Linux-based Midori
The V-Dragon CPU incorporates support for Chinese-language characters, according to the
company. It was unveiled at an event held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition
Center, the company said.
The company said it signed agreements for the sale of about 100,000 V-Dragon CPUs, and
letters of intent related to the sale of an additional 200,000 V-Dragon CPUs on the first
day of the trade show.
According to Culturecom's Web site, the V-Dragon was developed with help from IBM and
has been designed to run the Midori variant of the Linux operating system. In addition,
the V-Dragon CPU was specifically developed to meet criteria established by the Chinese
government as part of a standard information technology environment for China, Culturecom
"This V-Dragon Midori Linux embedded architecture is a leading system of its kind in
the China market and is in line with the Chinese government's IT policy. Culturecom is
confident it will make a significant impact on market share with this new
development," Frank Cheung, chairman of Culturecom, said in a statement.
Speakers at the trade show opening ceremony included: Zheng Minzheng, director general of
the department of electronics and information product administration in the Chinese
Ministry of Information Industry; C.D. Tam, CEO of the Hong Kong Science and Technology
Parks Corp.; and Alexander Poon, chairman of The Council of Taiwanese
Chambers of Commerce in Asia.
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