Avigilon is one of the fastest-growing electronics companies in North America.
The company makes surveillance cameras, some of which top the high-definition charts, and back that hardware up with a sophisticated software offering to manage file sizes and data. (Here is an interview we conducted during the Drive for Innovation at Avigilon's downtown Vancouver, B.C., headquarters).
So you'd think that that fast growth and profitability would be fueled by a savvy manufacturing strategy that leveraged offshore labor and machinery to keep overhead low.
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.