HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Meet Andes Technology Corp., Taiwan’s agile and ambitious answer to ARM Ltd.
Andes is perhaps the best nurtured of an emerging crop of processor core companies sprouting like weeds in the cracks of science parks and university institutes in greater China. With a staff of 106, it’s putting down roots here and in China’s market but has aspirations to break into the U.S. and Europe.
The company’s U.S.-trained founders are wisely aiming to cultivate Andes along the borders of markets owned by established players like ARM, MIPS and Tensilica before they consider going after host CPU sockets. Andes’ cores won’t vie head-to-head with the Cortex A-15 for the CPU slot in the iPad 3, but they’re already grabbing sockets away from ARM in a variety of less high-profile systems.
A closer look at Andes provides a glimpse into how Taiwan’s processor core upstarts may bootstrap themselves into the top tiers of tomorrow’s semiconductor industry.
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Isn't EETimes one entity? Why link to the rest of the article in another branch of the same company? Is each division (author? office?) competing for web hits? Pathetic. I'm on enough email distribution lists as it is. I'll just wait and I'm sure the story will show up somewhere else soon. Cheesy tactics to get hits and sign-ups. Appears others don't like the tease either.
I think they have selected a new way and perhaps the right path in the changing world, starting from the less quality oriented market and slowly growing towards quality oriented market.
Lets wish all the best the the ambitious people, if they are going to contribute really in the developing world.
After 13 years in the UK (both in academia and industry) I worked with some Germans (a real failure) and now I work with a Taiwanese company, not far from Hsinhu. And I enjoy it. It looks like my new ideas will be implemented there.
I do not either. A lot of the China design effort is wishful thinking that they can penetrate established designed-in OEM environments and make a dent with quick turnarounds and price-cutting tactics. The support infrastructure of an ARM ecosystem seems to be lacking. But hey, our man on the ground in Taiwan dug deeper and came up with some interesting nuggets. It's worth a read on www.eetimes.com/confidential
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.