Rumours began to build up at the beginning of the year that the chips were a fraud; there was talk that Professor Chen had created the Hanxin chips simply by grinding away the top surface of some of Motorola's Freescale DSP chips, and then adding the Hanxin logo. Additionally, the chips failed to live up to expectations in tasks like media encoding and fingerprint image matching.
Professor Chen, 38, now has to repay millions of dollars in government funds. There has been talk of imprisonment and even the death penalty for the disgraced academic, which strikes me as a little extreme.
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