Loongson 3B1500 Dual Development board (龙芯3B1500双路开发板 [loongson.cn]) uses two Loongson 3B1500 processors and AMD RS780E+SB710 chipset.
Loongson is a series of system that are designed in China.
GODSON is the academic name for the Loongson processors.
This family of processor implements MIPS instruction set .
The motherboard has standard Extended ATX (E-ATX) mounting holes and can be installed in commodity PC chassis. I like how they keep unnecessary costs down this way. I went one step further and installed it in an ATX chassis (Corsair Carbide 400Q) with smaller number of mounting screws. So far it's working, but I cannot recommend anyone else to do the same.
The firmware is called PMON2000.
It has both CLI and BIOS Setup-like menu.
Loongson BIOS Setup says that the processor is GODSON3 @ 1000 MHz.
The firmware refused to load any kernel saying
attempt to load into mappable region until we updated the PMON to latest build of 3.3.
Latest firmware for this board is found on 3B780E1500双路开发板 [loongnix.org].
PMON update procedure is found on PMON编译方法 [loongnix.org].
The Loongson Linux is found on Loongnix系统 [loongnix.org].
Fedora21-MATE 20150815-Release works fine on this board.
As seen on the diagnostics messages above, only 15 processor cores are available to the user. The motherboard is a two-socket system, so it is odd to have an odd CPU count (naturally).
There were following issues when installing
Fedora-MATE-Live-5.iso image on 2017-Jan-07.
g root=live:LABEL=Fedora-MATE rootfstype=auto ro rd.live.image
boot.cfg. The filesystem path for the first SATA direct-attached storage device was
/dev/fs/ext2@wd0/, even though it was an ext3 filesystem.
/boot/boot.cfgon the first partition of the boot disk
/bootdirectory needs to be a real directory; if it is a symbolic link, the firmware fails to find the
An 8-Core MIPS-Compatible Processor in 32/28 nm Bulk CMOS,in IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 41–49, Jan. 2014.