Santa Clara, Calif. - InterTrust Technologies Corp. will market its RightsChip IC as an add-on device for protecting digital music, video or publishing content in PCs and Internet appliances. With a target price under $3, the IT6180 consists of a 16-bit Infineon Technologies crypto controller and patented RightsChip Engine firmware, which provides trust management and security functions. It runs on a 5-volt supply and requires an external 6-MHz clock. It's available in an eight-pin dual in-line package; surface-mount and 3-V versions are planned.
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.