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posted by janrinok on Friday May 20 2022, @09:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the dont-put-some-of-your-eggs-in-too-many-baskets dept.

Tech war: China bets on open-source RISC-V for chip design to minimise potential damage from 'being cut off' by US sanctions

A growing number of Chinese chip design firms have adopted open-source RISC-V in their chip designs as an alternative to Intel's proprietary X86 and Arm's architecture, in a bid to minimise potential damage from US sanctions and to save on licensing fees.

[....] "[This] gives Chinese companies access to a global open standard instruction set architecture (ISA) ecosystem," said Stewart Randall, head of electronics and embedded software at consultancy Intralink. "So Chinese companies can have access to, and create, their own cores or chips based on it."

However, some industry experts said China's adoption of open-source RISC-V architecture would not shield them from all US sanction risks, as America still holds the trump card when it comes to electronic design automation (EDA) tools, the key software needed for chip design, as well as chip manufacturing technologies.

If you really want to create your own cores from scratch, without licensing anyone else's IP, is it truly possible to do so with RISC-V?

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 20 2022, @04:46PM (8 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 20 2022, @04:46PM (#1246615)

    I've never understood the Cuba situation my whole life (it's an embargo, not a blockade; I've heard the Canadians find Cuba to be a very nice site for vacationing). I understand that there is a very vocal south Florida group made up of formerly wealthy Cubans that is deemed to be politically important, but it has surprised me how long they've managed to affect policy. For a long time, I suppose, the US wouldn't change policies while Castro was in power because that would mean he "won" or something, but really. If it really was about the evils of communism or whatever, history has showed that all you need to do is completely open and normalize relations and let Western consumerism do its job and the grand resorts and casinos [rarehistoricalphotos.com] (and McDonalds and Walmarts) will return and flood the island, it's just that it most likely won't be in control of the families that used to control them (which, of course, is the whole political sticking point to begin with).

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 20 2022, @05:59PM (7 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 20 2022, @05:59PM (#1246644)

    It's quite a bit more complex than that, and has very little to do with dispossessed families. The embargo, such as it is, has been gently easing anyway.

    Cuba has persistently presented itself as a hostile power to the USA, ever since Castro took over. This has never changed. Sure, they sometimes remember to put on the poor suffering martyr mask, but in geopolitical terms they've not been friendly to the USA in any way that I can think of, for decades. Now it's all very well to say that they don't have to - and it's true, because they don't have to. However, the USA doesn't have to lift the embargo either until Cuba stops being dickish.

    If Cuba wanted to do a volte face and patch things up, there's a to-do list that they can follow. They just don't want to.

    AND THAT MAKES THEM POOR SUFFERING MARTYRS UNDER THE GLEAMING FASCIST CORPORATE JACKBOOT OF NEOIMPERIALISM!!!

    ... or so they say.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 20 2022, @08:58PM (4 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday May 20 2022, @08:58PM (#1246697)

      They will love us if we just starve their children some more. And stop any shipments of modern medicine and technology. They WILL love us then.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2022, @02:57AM (3 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2022, @02:57AM (#1246767)

        You only love Cuba because it's communist. It's been run by a brutal Latin American dictator. The slogans probably sound good to your ear, though.

        It's not "the people of Cuba" who run Cuba, but the Castro family, and they could have turned their back on communism at any point and opened up their economy TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE, but they never did. The govt still owns everything.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2022, @03:35AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2022, @03:35AM (#1246770)

          The embargo doesn't really affect the Castro family. It only hurts the regular people. Maybe you think capitalism/socialism/communism is a religious thing - anyone who doesn't agree with your preference is heathen and can be treated in a less humane way?

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2022, @04:54AM

          by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 21 2022, @04:54AM (#1246787)

          Brutal Latin America dictator? You mean like Batista?

        • (Score: 4, Informative) by unauthorized on Saturday May 21 2022, @06:51AM

          by unauthorized (3776) on Saturday May 21 2022, @06:51AM (#1246794)

          Ah yes, a brutal dictator who engaged in such evils as building housing, schools, hospitals, but worst of all expelling the legitimate [themobmuseum.org] businessmen [themobmuseum.org] who flourished under the gentle regime of the US-backed Good Guy(tm) Batista and build those wonderful resorts and casinos among other legitimate businessmen pursuits such as empowering women to engage in sex work and overcoming unjust sanctions on consumer goods.

          It's not "the people of Cuba" who run Cuba, but the Castro family, and they could have turned their back on communism at any point and opened up their economy TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE, but they never did. The govt still owns everything.

          Yeah, you are full of shit. The government of Cuba explicitly allows private property [columbia.edu] by constitutional law and there have been various forms of state-sanctioned private enterprise in Cuba since the 80s.

    • (Score: 2) by unauthorized on Saturday May 21 2022, @06:57AM (1 child)

      by unauthorized (3776) on Saturday May 21 2022, @06:57AM (#1246795)

      Cuba has persistently presented itself as a hostile power to the USA, ever since Castro took over.

      Oh, what did they do? Did they stage an invasion on America? Did they try to assassinate your president 300 times? Do they engage in hostile espionage against your country to this day? Have they made open and explicit attempts to prevent free trade between the US and other sovereign nations? To a country which formerly imported 80% of it's food?

      Oh wait, that's the US doing all of those things against Cuba. Cut the crybully crap, Cuba is not the hostile actor here.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 22 2022, @05:30PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 22 2022, @05:30PM (#1247056)

        cuba is "bad" 'cause they allowed the soviets to install a nuclear launch facility... which ofc soviets did "out of the blue" one morning 'cause bored and not because of 'murikan nuclear tipped jupiter missiles stationed in turkey...

        cuba violated the "NIMBY" principal.