Since its emergence close to a decade ago, RISC-V quickly gained the support of major chip makers, including Apple, which has put controllers in its Apple Silicon. About 10 billion chip cores based on RISC-V have shipped. Most recently, Meta announced an AI inferencing chip built on RISC-V architecture.
The chip architecture is often called a hardware equivalent of Linux. It is a free chip technology built on a contributor culture and the ethos of open source, in which a community works together to develop and improve the product.
RISC-V is a free-to-license architecture, which means anyone can fork a version of the architecture into their own chip.