HONG KONG -- Culturecom Holdings Ltd., originally a publisher of Chinese language 'fighting' comics that migrated into information technology in the 1990s, said recently that it has started selling its V-Dragon microprocessor intended for use in PCs for the China market.
Culturecom, listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, professes links to Transmeta Corp., and IBM Corp., however a report on its website when this story was first posted said that transactions in Culturecom shares were suspended on July 23 pending an announcement in relation to co-operation with eForce Group and Transmeta concerning the exploitation of the Linux-based Midori operating system.
The V-Dragon CPU, also known by the part number IA-3210, incorporates particular support for Chinese language characters, according to the company. It was unveiled at an event dedicated to the processor titled, 'The first Conference on the Development of Chinese IT and V-Dragon CPU Trade Forum" held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 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 a further 200,000 V-Dragon CPUs on the first day of the trade show.
According to the company's website 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 laid down by the government of the Peoples' Republic of China as part of a standard information technology environment for China, Culturecom said.
"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," said Frank Cheung, chairman of Culturecom, in a statement.
Speakers at the trade show opening ceremony include Zheng Minzheng, director general of the department of electronics and information product administration at 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.