Microchip Technology has formed an Analogue & Interface Products Division. The new division results from the integration of TelCom Semiconductor and offers more than 250 mixed-signal, power management, thermal management and interface solutions for embedded systems. The division is chartered with designing, developing and launching new product offerings in each of these areas to target high-growth markets, such as automotive, portable/battery-powered and networking.
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.