UNITED STATES: Intel recently announced the creation of a $1 billion fund to support disruptive technologies in its foundry ecosystem. Intel has collaborated with RISC-V, a free and open-source standard instruction set architecture, as part of its new mission.
Intel’s aim to accelerate digital transformation journey
Intel solutions are intended to accelerate the digital transformation journey by assisting in the establishment of the proper foundation and the selection of the appropriate technologies in order to avoid disruptions and roadblocks along the way.
Intel’s investment couldn’t have come at a better time, as the ongoing chip shortage continues to disrupt markets all over the world.
Intel has made an investment and joined RISC-V as a new partner in order to achieve these goals.
As previously stated, RISC-V is an architecture managed by a nonprofit organization of the same name: RISC-V International. RISC-V, unlike many other architectures, is open-source, making it more accessible — which could bode well for Intel’s future collaborations with other technologies.
Intel hopes to use modular products with an open chiplet platform, focusing on design approaches that make use of multiple ISAs such as x86, ARM, and RISC-V. The goal is to extend support for disruptive technologies to all types of chip architectures. The company is focusing on RISC-V in particular, stating that it hopes to drive the adoption of this architecture. Intel appears to have ambitious plans for RISC-V.
In a press release, Bob Brennan, vice president of customer solutions engineering at Intel Foundry Services, stated, “A rich open-source software and hardware ecosystem is critical for accelerating the growth and adoption of RISC-V and fully unlocking value for chip designers.”
“Intel is excited to contribute to the growth of the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture. We are excited to optimise IP for Intel process technologies in order to ensure that RISC-V performs optimally on IFS silicon across all core types, from embedded to high-performance,” he continued.
Another goal for Intel is to reduce the time it takes to design and manufacture new products, as well as the time it takes to bring them to market.
This, along with the new partnership with RISC-V, could bode well for the industry as a whole. If Intel is successful, it may be able to produce new chips faster than ever before, with improved architectures.
For the average user, Intel’s $1 billion investment may not seem significant, but in the long run, it could be another piece in the large puzzle that many tech titans are attempting to solve.
Although the chip shortage continues to affect users all over the world, investments like this one may bring us one step closer to a time when computing is once again accessible. Intel is continuing to take steps to meet rising demand, including developing its own ARM competitor.
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