SiFive Aims To Challenge Arm With New Technology, Partners With Intel On Effort, Telecom News, ET Telecom
SiFive Inc on Tuesday released a new computer chip design that aims to challenge Arm Ltd’s dominance in smartphone chips and said it will partner with Intel Corp factories to make the design available to consumers. computer hardware manufacturers.
SiFive showcased what it calls its P550 compute core design. Compute cores are the backbone of most chips, and companies like SiFive and Arm sell their core designs to other companies, who in turn embed the cores into their chips.
Major chip designers like Qualcomm Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd currently base many of their chips on cores from Arm, which is in the process of being acquired by Nvidia Corp for $ 40 billion.
SiFive is a start-up whose designs are based on the open source RISC-V computing architecture, which defines the type of software that can run on chips. While RISC-V itself is free to use, SiFive’s business model is to build designs on top of it and charge money for the designs. Reuters reported earlier this month that Intel was considering an acquisition of SiFive, but Intel again declined to comment on the matter on Tuesday.
SiFive CEO Patrick Little told Reuters in an interview that SiFive’s new P550 core rivals the compute performance of Arm’s Cortex A75 core found in many current smartphones, but can be upgraded. into a smaller chip. He said the chips with could hit the market within nine months, but did not name any clients.
“We have customers who are taking this core now and incorporating it into their designs,” Little said.
Intel said it is working with SiFive to ensure the new cores can be made in its latest 7-nanometer chip factories. Intel will provide these manufacturing services to external chip companies as part of its efforts to become a chip subcontractor.
Intel declined to say whether it would use SiFive’s new technology in any of its own chips, which still hold a majority market share for laptops, PCs and data center servers.