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Open-source chip mimics Linux's path to take on closed x86 and ARM CPUs

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p If you’re buying a PC or server, you’ve likely considered chips based on x86 or, perhaps less often, the ARM architecture.

But like Linux in software, an open-source chip project is out to break the dominance of proprietary chips offered by Intel, AMD, and ARM.

The RISC-V open-source architecture, created by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010, is open to all who want to use it.

The RISC-V design can be modified for PCs, servers, smartphones, wearables, and other devices.

The company on Thursday announced it has created two new chip designs that can be licensed.

The RISC-V Foundation—which manages and promotes the architecture—counts Google, Microsoft, Qualcomm, AMD, Huawei, and others among its 60 members.

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