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Godson-1 processor officially announced

Pioneer Electronics: single-component "sound processor" to replace multichannel acoustics?

Godson-1 processor officially announced

Yesterday the new Godson processor core was officially announced in China.

It´s completely independent Chinese development. According to officials, first version samples — Godson-1 — feature 266 MHz clock rate and are made using 0.18-micron process technology. At that the energy consumption doesn´t exceed 0.5 W. The performance is said to be similar to the performance of SGI O2 MIPS R5000.

According to GZeasy, the new chip bases on MIPS architecture. And, by the way, "Godson" or rather "Gou Sheng" means that the developers wish their brainchild luck and further evolution.

The new processor was demonstrated in the Su Guang Linux system. This Linux version has also been developed in China. Other details might follow.

Pioneer Electronics: single-component "sound processor" to replace multichannel acoustics?

Is it possible? Pioneer Electronics, having announced its "digital sound processor" — PDSP-1, believes that single-component single-source systems can replace current discrete 5.1-channel audio.

PDSP-1 features 254 miniature speakers, creating the surround sound of precisely fucused "sound rays" from each speaker. Room wall reflection create a kind of virtually multichannel sound. At that the system can be set for any room geometry with a remote control. It´s interesting that the new technology is not based on the so-called psycho-acoustic model, used in many current surround systems.

PDSP-1 features 500 W total power and can be directly connected to DVD or CD player multichannel audio out. Multichannel sound is processed by an independent AV receiver inside the system.

PDSP-1 systems are expected for sale early in 2003. Pricing is unknown yet.

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