Grey concluded by saying the Linaro charter is broad: "The charter
of Linaro is Linux on ARM but not just Linux it is really open-source
software on ARM. Linaro is successful at bringing companies together who
have common software engineering interests."
Linaro has about
120 engineers of which about half are employed directly and about half
are assignees from the sponsoring companies. That number is set to
double – or go even higher – over the next 12 months as Grey ramps up
This casts Linaro in an interesting light and as a significant parallel organization to ARM.
is an out-source organization that develops common CPU and GPU
architectures for scores of chip companies to license, allowing them to
focus on other pieces of hardware and software for differentiation. ARM
saves duplicated effort and is a for-profit organization that is paid
for its intellectual property.
Linaro is an out-source
organization that develops open-source software for other companies to
use allowing them to focus on other pieces of differentiating software,
applications and use cases. Linaro saves duplicated effort and is
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.