Tom's Hardware Reports:
"China, now more than ever, wishes to become technology independent. Following the nation's impressive show to the world at the summer Olympics in Beijing, China hopes to continue its rise.
ZoomAlready producing its own automobiles, China is looking to the next industrial area for growth – technology. In particular, there is a specific reason that China is looking to make its own CPUs, and that's because current U.S. laws prohibit the export of state-of-the-art microprocessors into certain nations. China is now looking to design its own chips so that it will not have to use generations-old hardware.
"Twenty years ago in China, we didn't support R&D for microprocessors," said Zhiwei Xu, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of Computing Technology (ICT), according to Technology Review. "The decision makers and [Chinese] IT community have come to realize that CPUs [central processing units] are important."