Rizal Microprocessor: First Processor Develop by Filipinos

Published on June 22nd, 2011

Rizal Microprocessor will soon run our mobile phones, tablets, gadgets and perhaps PC too.

A team of young Filipino engineers are developing the first ever, all-Filipino-made, microprocessor codenamed “Rizal“. BitMICRO Networks Inc is behind this project and is already in the design phase of the Rizal microprocessor.

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Rizal microprocessor by BitMICRO

The said Rizal Processor will be used to power and run mobile phones, smartphones, gadgets, mp3 players, tablets, and soon enough laptops and PCs. This would be the first “Made in the Philippines” Microprocessor.

Rey Bruce, CEO of BitMICRO Networks Inc., said that “What we’re hoping to do is, once we’re done, we can show a success story. More investors will come to the Philippines and invest. That’s the whole idea. Because then, they would believe that, hey, the Philippines can really do it and they’re capable,”.

According to Bobbet Bruce, BitMICRO Vice President and nephew of CEO Rey Bruce, “We want a hero behind our product. Hopefully, we could have a product that will be equally known worldwide.”

The said company has also develop chips used in the US which they codenamed EDSA (Enhanced Datamover and Storage Accelerator) and LUNETA (Logical Unifier of Extensive Transfer Arrays). The said technology are now being used in NASA. BitMICRO is a company that designs and creates customized all-weather computer data storage devices like solid state drive or SSD.

Not common to your typical consumers, Solid State Drives, are a more compact type of storage device which does not have any disc/platter inside the drive. It is relatively small compared to your regular hard drives (HDD) and it’s insanely fast too. PC enthusiasts like me loves SSD and is commonly used in video editing, large size photo editing and rendering and any task which demands fast read and write response time.

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Who knows, maybe Philippines will have its very own SSD in the future. I wonder what will they call it? “Bonifacio SSD“? ^_^

Anyway, back to the main topic, hopefully the Rizal microprocessor and other Philippine-made chips will soon make its mark in the IT industry around the world. BitMICRO has to developed something that is new or unique or can compete with the ones that is already available in the market.

According to Bruce “It has to be better or at least equivalent to those already in existence. We can’t sell something that the others are already selling. We have to be better and affordable, not necessarily cheaper,”.

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  • Troy

    Way to go BitMicro. I hope this will work soon.

    • jeff

      They say that the Rizal Microprocessor is targeted to be finished by the end of 2012.

  • turing

    go go philippines….

  • Shipcode

    Cool article you got there dude. I’m totally impressed on those brilliant Pinoys who designed the Rizal Microprocessor.

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    • jeff

      Great! Unfortunately I’m not from Cebu so I can’t attend the said conference. X( But I think it’s a great event and is a definitely must see (must attend) event for PC enthusiast and IT people. Thanks for the info. ^_^

  • Astang

    I hope that this product will be more affordable than AMD processors and is compatible with the existing motherboards. Or if they can make there own motherboards, the more impressive it would be.

    These guys rock the IT in the Philippines!!! wohoo!!

    • jeff

      I don’t think this will be compatible with the current motherboards. Madami pang process yan and it’s too early for that. I think their target is mobile devices first then proceed with Desktop processors.

  • jade

    way too cool

  • bestgamerz

    Amazing!!Our government should support this stuff!! yeh proud to be pinoy

  • [DCW]bien2t

    Rey Bruce, CEO of BitMICRO Networks Inc., said that “What we’re hoping to do is, once we’re done, we can show a success story. More investors will come to the Philippines and invest. That’s the whole idea. Because then, they would believe that, hey, the Philippines can really do it and they’re capable,”.

    This would be great in an ideal world, I don’t wanna be a cynic, but we’ve proven ourselves time and again and it didn’t change things much for us. :SIGH: I do hope that this takes off and your predictions come true, but for now, this remark strikes me as being naive.

    • Anonymous

      I know. BitMICRO’s technology in terms for desktop processors are still far fetch. But let’s just see. I hope when they do invented a processor powerful enough to compete with AMD and Intel, they won’t sell the technology to other country like other Filipino inventors did.

  • nina

    I am looking for a tablet pc that is not made in China, unfortunately most are manufactured from there 🙁

    • jeff

      Yes, even iPhones and iPads are manufactured in China since the labor there is cheap. What type of tablet you are looking for?

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