Some former employees have said they wish to appeal the decision of the Paris court in the hope that an industrial solution can be found to the situation in Rousset. Meanwhile the decision to close the Rousset site will push more emphasis onto a class-action lawsuit filed in Federal Court in New York alleging that Atmel Corp. of San Jose, Calif., conspired to sell the wafer fab fraudulently to LFoundry GmbH of Landshut, Germany, so that the plant could be closed and Atmel could avoid the cost of closing the fab, including making redundancy payments to workers. About 500 former employees of LFoundry are taking part in the class action, which had its first hearing on Thursday, June 19.
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.