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Ye Zhanqi and Ding Yi / Dec 31, 2020 06:23 PM / Business & Tech

Chinese central processing unit (CPU) maker Loongson has signed a pre-listing consulting agreement with CITIC Securities, putting it on track to become China’s first homegrown CPU maker to list on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-style STAR Market, according to the Beijing Bureau of the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

The news comes at a time when China is seeking self-sufficiency in high-tech industries like semiconductors and information technology as the U.S. attempts to bar some Chinese tech firms from obtaining advanced American technologies.

Beijing-based Loongson uses the MIPS instruction set architecture to design CPUs — which are the “brains” of most computing devices — even though most of the world’s computers, servers and mobile devices are now powered by chips using the x86 and Arm architectures.

The popularity of x86 and Arm leave Loongson in a dilemma where it must choose between sticking to the MIPS CPUs and potentially losing software developers, or switching to the more popular systems.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (yiding@caixin.com)

Caixin report in Chinese

 

 

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