IBM-owned Red Hat Joins Foundation for Developing Open Source RISC-V ISA

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Companies like Google, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Western Digital, Samsung and Red Hat’ parent company IBM are already members of the foundation.

 IBM-owned software company Red Hat is the latest major company to join the RISC-V Foundation, a group of companies developing the RISC-V open source instruction set architecture (ISA).

Founded in 2015, the RISC-V Foundation comprises more than 275 member organizations, including large companies like Google, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Western Digital, Samsung and Red Hat’ parent company IBM.

By becoming a member of the foundation, Red Hat, agrees to support use of RISC-V chips. But until RISC-V proves to be a clear winner in the specific markets, the company like many other Arm customers, will likely continue using both Arm and RISC-V chips.

Open standard collaboration

The Raspberry Pi Foundation, a non-profit group that builds the Raspberry Pi developer boards with open source firmware, also joined the RISC-V Foundation in January.

But it hasn’t been committed yet whether it will also release a RISC-V developer board, rather than using the proprietary Arm-based chips.

In July, IBM closed the acquisition of Red Hat for $34 Billion, acquiring all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash.

The Red Hat acquisition is expected to contribute approximately two points of compound annual revenue growth to IBM over a five-year period.

 

Inputs: tom’s HARDWARE

 

 

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