The original guide touched on topics including operating costs, product quality, production output rates, manufacturing flexibility and yield. The latest article offers an updated perspective on some of the same issues, as well as addresses some new points.
For example, robots are now "an even better value" and offer "still more choice." While robots can also "ease recruitment worries," the article also argues that there are "no ethical dilemmas" regarding concerns over robots taking work away from humans.
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.