The mercury pushed passed 95 degrees, but Brazilian officials showed up in force to mark the grand opening of Ceitec SA's semiconductor fab in Porto Alegre, Brazil, last week. The politicians used the occasion to provide some insight into Brazil's play to establish a chip industry in the country. (See related story ).
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.