Two new open source silicon groups, one led by Linux Foundation and the other by Intel, launched this week.
The Linux Foundation on Monday announced its new CHIPS (Common Hardware for Interfaces, Processors and Systems) Alliance with member companies Google, Western Digital, Esperanto Technologies, and SiFive. On the same day tech heavyweights Intel, Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Huawei, and Microsoft formed a consortium to develop open interconnect technology called Compute Express Link (CXL).
The foundation for the CHIPS Alliance — the open RISC-V (pronounced “risk-five”) architecture — started as a separate organization in 2016 before being handed off to the Linux Foundation. It’s an open source hardware instruction set architecture (ISA) based on established reduced instruction set computer (RISC) principles. In also includes supporting software. “But it does not specify the actual implementation of a RISC-V compute, so potential architectures range from small, IoT devices to big data center processors,” Bandic said. Western Digital is also a co-founder of RISC-V. “The best analogy would be the common Linux OS for all the computers in data centers today, with every possible detail of source code known and documented.”
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