SAN JOSE, Calif. – It was a tough year. When it was all over, the semiconductor industry contracted about four percent, according to market watchers who spent much of the year revising their forecasts downward.
Much of the blame belongs to Europe. Greece, Spain, Italy and Ireland took turns threatening a fiscal collapse that could pull down the European Union with it. The U.S. struggled through a sluggish recovery as it watched. Even the big bull and global growth engine of China pulled in its horns, expecting a storm.
Hate self promotion, but I would like to mention that shifts like ARM a winner in smartphone silicon and mobile cloud becoming a major trend were anticipated in my book "Smartphone" published in December 2011. It also provided details of how Windows world is changing in the post-PC era.
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.