RISC-V CEO seeks ‘world domination’ by winning over companies like Intel #RISCV
The CEO of RISC-V’s governing body says she wants to nothing less than “world domination” for the rising open-source processor technology, but to do that, the nonprofit needs buy-in from a variety of organizations, even those steeped in dominant, proprietary architectures, such as x86 giant Intel.
In an interview this week with The Register, RISC-V International CEO Calista Redmond reckons the buy-in, which comes in the form of paid memberships, is needed to support ongoing development of the royalty-free CPU instruction set architecture to better compete with x86 and Arm ISAs.
“We have to have a level of funding in order to operate and manage this special rodeo of ours,” she says.
When Intel joined RISC-V International in February, it became a premium member, the top membership tier that gave the semiconductor giant a seat on the nonprofit’s board and the Technical Steering Committee, which determines new features and specifications for the ISA.
For those privileges, Intel and the other 19 premium members each chip in an annual fee of $250,000, according to the nonprofit’s website.
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