SAN FRANCISCO—Chip vendor Microsemi Corp. said Thursday (Jan. 19) it acquired Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s telecom clock generation, synchronization, packet timing and synthesis business. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Microsemi (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) said the acquired product lines are important to the effective and efficient delivery of voice, data and multimedia traffic over wireless and wired networks.
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.