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Bit-Tech Article: Google Extends lowRISC FOSSi Partnership

By May 17, 2019May 12th, 2021No Comments

Google has announced it is increasing its presence in the world of free and open source silicon (FOSSi), extending its partnership with the lowRISC project.
Unlike proprietary processors, the design and instruction set architecture (ISA) for which are kept behind a typically expensive licence wall, free and open source silicon (FOSSi) does what it says on the tin: Projects like RISC-V provide both the ISA and key implementations under permissive licences, allowing anyone to use, modify, distribute, and commercialise the technology without a single license or royalty payment – including, in many cases, the ability to create a proprietary implementation, should they so choose.
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