By Winny Wang
One thousand computers powered by Chinese-made "Godson" central processing units will undergo user tests from next month to see whether the low-cost computers are competitive in the Chinese market, China Business News reported Thursday.
Jiangsu Lemote Technology Co Ltd has pre-sold the computers, whose Chinese name translates to "Fulong Mini Computer," on its Website since November at a price of 1,599 yuan (US$204) and received thousands of orders within the first week.
The company will select 500 professional industry users and 500 users from cooperating partners to test the computers running on a Linux operating system.
Now Fulong's target users are government and education institutions.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences will promote the next generation of Godson chips in the later half of next year, which is expected to reduce the cost and raise the stability of "Fulong" computers.
Godson, or its Chinese name "Dragon chip," is the first China-developed central processing unit. Godson computers will have a CPU similar in ability to Intel's Pentium 4 1.5 gigahertz chip, which is capable of Internet browsing and word processing.