Apple and China Mobile Ltd. Called off the planned launch of iPhone handsets in China. Although no one's talking as to why the plug was pulled, unnamed sources in China say that the dispute centers on revenue sharing. Apple wants 20-30% of user fees, which seems to be a bit high to China Mobile Ltd.
What this stalemate does is open up possibilities for China Unicom Ltd to have an iPhone exclusive. Apple said that it will launch the iPhone in Asia this year. Unicom may very well be in a good place as in the U.S. and in Britain, Apple's launched with an exclusive partner--it might as well be Unicom.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.