China bets on open-source chips as US export controls mount


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September saw the publication of a patent for a new high-performance chip by a military laboratory in Beijing, providing a preview of China’s attempt to reshape the half-trillion dollar global semiconductor business while withstanding US sanctions. According to the patent application, the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Academy of Military Sciences has employed an open-source standard called RISC-V to lessen chip faults for cloud computing and smart automobiles. A computer language called RISC-V is used to construct everything from sophisticated processors for artificial intelligence to smartphone chips. The two most widely used standards are Arm, created by Britain’s Arm Holdings and...