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TechNode Article: China Looks To Private Capital, Open Source Technology For Global Tech Game Advantage

By December 20, 2018May 12th, 2021No Comments

Chinese semiconductor companies also are aggressively investing in open source projects. One example is instruction set architecture (ISA) RISC-V. ISA works between hardware and software, and defines how a computer is programmed.
“The government is very interested in the technology,” Fang Zhixi, former global vice president at Intel and now the chairman of RISC-V Foundation’s consultancy committee in China, told TechNode prior to the Wuzhen Internet Conference. “I have been getting in touch with high government bodies including the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). We see no problem organizing talks or having both Chinese and international researchers and universities working together.”
Fang explained that the Chinese government’s interest in RISC-V is due to an open-source technology’s “natural advantages.” Tech companies may build their own applications on the “open and free” fundamental tech standards, and produce commercial projects with no extra-legal pressure such as patent disputes imposed by external parties.
“Open-source [solutions and communities], in fact, can be a way to avoid tensions in the tech sector,” Fang added.
Rick O’Connor, executive director at RISC-V Foundation, the official non-profit organization of ISA RISC-V, told TechNode in the same interview as Fang’s that IoT and AI, two major Chinese national strategic industries, were also eagerly looking for open source solutions.
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