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Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung investing in open-source alternative to ARM and x86

By Cookie Monster - on 10 Jun 2019, 2:00am

Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung investing in open-source alternative to ARM and x86

Image source: SiFive's Facebook page.

An open-source alternative to ARM's and x86's instruction sets has secured investments from Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung. 

The chip design company SiFive, which partners with other tech companies to create chip designs based on the open-source RISC-V instruction set, has raised $65.4 million in its latest funding round. RISC-V chips are currently used in IoT devices, micro-controllers and network tech. 

The backing of SiFive by the three big tech companies can pose serious competition to ARM and x86. SiFive reportedly could develop new chip designs in one to three months while ARM-based chip designs generally take at least a year to develop. In addition, SiFive assures its customers that sample chips could be received "within weeks". 

Source: The Information via Android Authority

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