Altera has always given to the community as a corporation, but
as a four-decade-old company, why did it take until just last year to finally get
serious about it?
Lyman said: "Unless you're a really
big company, you have limited means, and there are many many good
causes out there in community. What we've said for ourselves … given
our size is to provide focus so we can make the biggest difference
in a concentrated."
That resulted in creating the foundation in 2011 to pursue the
notion of nurturing the next generation of innovation. And the
target for that nurturing is education, particularly STEM education.
"We think there's a link between innovation and education...if we
can teach kids the skills of inquiry and exploration and questions
and creation and assessment, particularly in the STEM related
areas," Lyman said in an interview.
Clearly in 2012 amid the worst economic downturn since the
Depression, government is struggling to meet community needs,
parents can buy only so many bake-sale cupcakes and car washes.
Companies, sitting on piles of cash in these cautious times are
starting to pony up....just in time.
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.