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2006\04\27@233954 by Russell McMahon

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The Linux Municator from the folks at YellowSheepRiver in China.
Miniature $US150 Linux box with non standard architecture and a
somewhat cut down version of Linux based on Chinese std distro aims to
sell for $US150.  Cheap PC. Has promise for other tasks. Uses USB2
peripherals so actual computer is very small. VGA and SVideo outputs.
Real product unlike some other promised low price proposals.

Website

        http://www.yellowsheepriver.org/products.html

Comment

       http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060425-6675.html


Refs: Matthew McMahon

2006\04\28@001414 by Bob Axtell

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Russell McMahon wrote:
> The Linux Municator from the folks at YellowSheepRiver in China.
> Miniature $US150 Linux box with non standard architecture and a
> somewhat cut down version of Linux based on Chinese std distro aims to
> sell for $US150.  Cheap PC. Has promise for other tasks. Uses USB2
> peripherals so actual computer is very small. VGA and SVideo outputs.
> Real product unlike some other promised low price proposals.
>
> Website
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>          http://www.yellowsheepriver.org/products.html
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>  Comment
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>         http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060425-6675.html
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> Refs: Matthew McMahon
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Good catch, Russell.

--Bob

2006\04\28@042948 by Alan B. Pearce

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>folks at YellowSheepRiver in China

Sounds a bit like Blue Cow Mountain in Australia ...

Guess it is a transliteration of a Chinese company name.

2006\04\29@042925 by Howard Winter

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Alan,

On Fri, 28 Apr 2006 09:29:44 +0100, Alan B. Pearce wrote:

> >folks at YellowSheepRiver in China
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> Sounds a bit like Blue Cow Mountain in Australia ...
>
> Guess it is a transliteration of a Chinese company name.

I'd assumed it was a place where there was a factory upstream, whose effluent causes staining of the livestock
that drink from the river!  :-)

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2006\04\29@050811 by Xiaofan Chen
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On 4/28/06, Alan B. Pearce <spam_OUTA.B.PearceTakeThisOuTspamrl.ac.uk> wrote:
> >folks at YellowSheepRiver in China
>
> Sounds a bit like Blue Cow Mountain in Australia ...
>
> Guess it is a transliteration of a Chinese company name.
>

http://yellowsheepriver.org/company.html
http://www.yellowsheepriver.com

I believe these two companies are related.

Yellow Sheep River is a place in western China. The Chinese Name is
Huang2 (yellow color) Yang2 (sheep) Chuan (river). yellowsheepriver.com
is a company funded by a late businessman (former group CEO of
Inventech http://www.inventec.com) which aims to bring the information
technology to the poor western China like Yellow Sheep River Town.

If you look into the detail of the technical specifications of the
$US150 PC, it is not cheap afer all. There is no monitor, the
optical drive is an optional. A low end Via or even AMD Sempron
based Linux solution will be actaully cheaper and better.

There are some sense of national pride involved here since it is
using the Godson II CPU developed in China (kind of MIPS clone).
However I do not really think that this will be a huge success given
that large companies (therfore big investors) like Microsoft and Intel
are better friends of Chinese government than some idealistic program
like MIT US$100 laptop.


Regards,
Xiaofan

2006\04\29@070817 by kravnus wolf

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Xiaofan,

  How is the development of MCU and CPU development
in China? I am refering to a chinese company only. Is
it still far off? Just wondering whether they can make
it.

thanks,
john

--- Xiaofan Chen <.....xiaofancKILLspamspam@spam@gmail.com> wrote:

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2006\04\29@094110 by Xiaofan Chen

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On 4/29/06, kravnus wolf <.....kravnusKILLspamspam.....yahoo.com> wrote:
>    How is the development of MCU and CPU development
> in China? I am refering to a chinese company only. Is
> it still far off? Just wondering whether they can make
> it.
>
> thanks,
> john
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I guess it will take a long time for China to catch up in MCU/MPU
development. IC Design in China still has a long way to go...
MCU based design, however, is very popular in China. So I will say
there are many good firmware developers in China.

Some links:

1) Godson I and Godson II (64-bit MIPS compatible instruction set)
http://www.blxcpu.com/ backed by the Institute of Computing Technology
of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

This is so far the more higher profile company. However the commercial
success remains elusive.

2) C*Core (licensed M-Core clone)
http://www.china-core.com
Freescale M-Core clone, basically a failure

3) Hanxin No.1 -- the first DSP developed in China? Oh no.
It turns out to be a fake one. Sad...

Touted as China's first successful proprietary Digital Signal Processor
(DSP), the Hanxin No.1, was publicly unveiled in February 2003. It
is now confirmed to be a fake one. Professor Chen Jin will not be
as famous as Prof Hwang Woo-suk from South Korea but I think
he is even worse than Prof Hwang who at least has done something.
Prof Chen got a DSP from Freescale, hired some very skilled worker,
and remarked the DSP as HanXin No 1 and got lot of funds after this.
Brilliant...

2006\04\29@133859 by kravnus wolf

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--- Xiaofan Chen <EraseMExiaofancspam_OUTspamTakeThisOuTgmail.com> wrote:

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 Good to hear it. Unfortunately I have seen them on
the web-sites that I have visited. Maybe they are on
the chinese web-sites?


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 Personal note. I can't stand well educated ppl that
rip off the ideas of another...... Very sad indeed. I
do hope that one day they will pull their act together
and get things done.

regards,
John

PS: we have long way to improve...... But we work hard
and succeed!

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