Article: European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

Hardware, Open Source, Software

European Processor Initiative Tapes Out Their First RISC-V Test Chip

The EPI recently announced that it has developed its first RISC-V device, the EPAC1.0, a RISC vector processor using the RISC-V ISA. Using the RISC-V architecture, the device can work with software libraries and other developments in the RISC-V environment. Furthermore, RISC-V removes the need for royalties and licenses when manufacturing processors that free the EPI from any outside commercial interest.

While RISC-V is nowhere near as popular as x86 or ARM, it is starting to gain traction and will undoubtedly become a major competitor. In addition, the use of an open-source ISA enables any manufacturer to create their own code-compatible CPU without worrying about licenses or royalties, which supports the development of lower-priced processors and encourages the use of open-source hardware.

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Article: Are we seeing the takeover from RISC-V?

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Are we seeing the takeover from RISC-V?

If RISC-V is to be taken seriously as a competitor against ARM, manufacturers of microcontrollers such as Microchip and STMicroelectronics could look into creating RISC-V microcontrollers. This would remove the need for royalties while also helping develop the RISC-V market. RISC-V will also be heavily reliant on the open-source community to create software libraries and platforms for processor technology.

Looking forward to the next ten years, there is no doubt that RISC-V will not only become a competitor of ARM but will most likely take over their market share once the advantages of a royalty-free processor are made clear to manufacturers. Furthermore, it is likely that RISC-V supporting companies will form who will provide software and hardware surround the RISC-V core, and this, in turn, will help medium-sized companies get into the RISC-V markets.+

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Article: RISC-V: Open-Source Alternative To ARM That Will Revolutionize The Processor Industry

Hardware, Open Source, Software

RISC-V: Open-Source Alternative To ARM That Will Revolutionize The Processor Industry

The open-source revolution made it possible for developers around the world to work together, creating new applications that are available to everyone. Today, we can find suitable or maybe better alternative open-source applications for every paid software.

So we only heard about the influence of the open-source community in the software sector. For obvious reasons — it is easier to develop software than hardware. However, there are also open-source projects associated with hardware, and one of the most promising is called RISC-V.

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Article: Open-source GPU technology for supercomputers

Hardware, Open Source, Software

Open-source GPU technology for supercomputers

The most important programs for mathematical modeling are developed by international teams and scholars from dozens of institutions. Development is carried out within the open-source paradigm and under free licenses. The competition of two contemporary microelectronics giants, Nvidia and AMD, has led to the emergence of a new open-source infrastructure for GPU accelerators’ programming, AMD ROCm. The open-source character of this platform gives hope for maximum portability of codes developed with its use, to supercomputers of various types. Such AMD strategy is different from Nvidia’s approach, whose CUDA technology is a closed standard.

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Article: FileCoin: Decentralized Cloud Storage Competitor To AWS, Microsoft Azure, And Google Cloud

Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

FileCoin: Decentralized Cloud Storage Competitor To AWS, Microsoft Azure, And Google Cloud

Worldwide cloud data storage is increasing at a dizzying pace. Some of today’s most valuable companies are getting rich off of their high margin cloud computing units such as Amazon’s AWS, Microsoft’s Azure, and Google Cloud. Protocol Labs IPFS which allows cryptographic hashing and the scaling of level 2 blockchain protocols, along with the dApps that sit on top of them, are likely to grow exponentially over the next decade. Additionally, users from around the globe will look to and for a Web3 cloud storage solution that can safely, cheaply, and reliably store their data. FileCoin and IPFS are likely to be the go to solution for Web3 data storage and retrieval going forward thanks to the many early adopters who use FileCoin and to the opensource platform that allows developers to integrate applications and innovate with the protocol.

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Article: AMD says it won’t try and stop crypto miners from using its graphics cards

Crypto, Hardware

AMD say it won't try and stop crypto miners from using its graphics cardsAMD says it won’t try and stop crypto miners from using its graphics cards

Computing hardware maker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has no plans to follow rival Nvidia in limiting the use of its GPU products for cryptocurrency mining.

PC Gamer reports that the comments came during a pre-briefing call about AMD’s Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card. Graphics cards are used to mine certain cryptocurrencies, including Ether, the native cryptocurrency of the Ethereum network.

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