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RISC-V Foundation to move to Switzerland after members raise concerns about US trade restrictions

Daniel Nenni

Staff member
According to multiple reports based on a Reuters interview RISC-V is literally becoming the Switzerland of IP Cores:

A US-based foundation overseeing promising semiconductor technology developed with Pentagon support will soon move to Switzerland after several of the group’s foreign members raised concerns about potential US trade curbs. The nonprofit RISC-V Foundation (pronounced risk-five) wants to ensure that universities, governments and companies outside the United States can help develop its open-source technology, its Chief Executive Calista Redmond said in an interview with Reuters. She said the foundation’s global collaboration has faced no restrictions to date but members are “concerned about possible geopolitical disruption.” “From around the world, we’ve heard that ‘If the incorporation was not in the US, we would be a lot more comfortable’,” she said. Redmond said the foundation’s board of directors approved the move unanimously but declined to disclose which members prompted it. Created in 2015, the RISC-V Foundation sets standards for the core chip architecture and controls who can use the RISC-V trademark on products, as other organisations do for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chips. It does not own or control the technology. More than 325 companies or other entities pay to be members, including US and European chip suppliers such as Qualcomm Inc and NXP Semiconductors, as well as China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.

And in other news many companies from around the world are moving manufacturing from China to Taiwan, Vietnam, and other lower cost and less politically volatile countries. Taiwan being the biggest beneficiary from what I have personally seen. More moves to ensure Taiwan stays independent from China.

Interesting times in the semiconductor industry, absolutely!