Investment in the semiconductor industry during the shortage continues to increase. Recently, governing bodies like the United States have dedicated money and resources to boost the industry in their respective regions. Companies like Intel have worked hard to build and open new factories, and now it has announced an additional $1 billion to invest in more than just the future of silicon.
According to Bench life, Intel plans to invest in disruptive technologies for the foundry ecosystem. The priority is similar to what is described in the recent EU law in that it is about speeding up the time it takes to design, manufacture and bring products to market.
It is a partnership between Intel Capital and Intel Foundry Services, the latter which the company established as part of its current strategy to meet global demands. Part of the goal is to work with an open chip platform and use modular products for multiple architectures including x86, Arm, and RISC-V.
RISC-V is a free and open instruction set architecture maintained by the non-profit organization RISC-V International. The association is global and works with several different companies and industries. Some examples of core members are Google, Huawei, Western Digital, and now, of course, Intel. Due to the open and accessible nature of RISC-V, it is available to everyone, potentially opening up Intel’s factories to a whole host of new perspectives.
“Intel is thrilled to join the RISC-V International community,” said Bob Brennan Brennan, vice president of client solutions engineering at IFP, in the RISC-V Press Release. “A rich ecosystem of open-source software and hardware is essential to accelerating the growth and adoption of RISC-V and unlocking the full value for chip designers. Intel is pleased to support the growth of the free and open architecture of the RISC-V instruction set. We look forward to optimizing IP for Intel process technologies to ensure that RISC-V performs best on IFS silicon on all core types, from embedded to high performance.
Having a powerhouse like Intel join RISC-V as a core member is a big deal for the platform. Depending on the level of membership, this could give Intel a seat on the board. Since RISC-V is entirely in the spirit of collaborative processor innovation, it could mean huge changes for future semiconductor development worldwide.