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Intel offers $2 billion for RISC-V chip startup SiFive

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  1. stu2b50
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    I've seen some takes which are centered around the idea of Intel buying SiFive basically to extinguish competition, but I don't think so. For one, RISC-V is far from competing with Intel chips....

    I've seen some takes which are centered around the idea of Intel buying SiFive basically to extinguish competition, but I don't think so. For one, RISC-V is far from competing with Intel chips. The next point of growth is to compete with ARM - but not M1 kind of ARM, the more ubiquitous ARM chip that is low power but cheap to make and ends up in watches, stuffed toys with animatronics, motherboards, and so forth.

    Intel is actually an ARM licensee and uses ARM chips quite heavily in their own products - that, and their recent expansion to being a fab business is where I'd think this investment is aimed at.

    Of course, this is more consolidation, and Intel has had... mixed success with its acquisitions, so a pessimistic take along those lines I don't feel is inaccurate.

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