Alibaba’s chip division releases first IP core, processor

SHANGHAI (reuters) – The semiconductor division of Chinese technology giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., which has its first-core-processor-IP on Monday, as the e-commerce giant continues to be the constant the pressure in the high-tech design.

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Alibaba Group is seen in the DingTalk, the office, an offshoot of the Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, July 20, 2018. (REUTERS photo/Aly Song, File/Photo

The release also comes as China’s government calls it the home of the tech industry to boost its prowess in chip manufacturing sector to lag behind that of the United States of america and Japan.

Alibaba ‘ s chip unit, Pingtouge her Xuantie 910 may serve as advanced features, such as edge computing, autonomous driving, and is based on the RISC-V is a free, open-source is chip’s architecture has been developed by a consortium of tech companies, and researchers in the field.

Most of the RISC-V processors to more basic functions, such as feeding with a simple, internet-of-things-enabled devices.

RISC-V, has an interest in China, the chip, the community offers an alternative to the predominant architectural style of the uk’s Arm Holdings, Inc. Arm, a unit of the japanese SoftBank Group Corp. (a) costs, licensing fees for the use of it.

It’s open-source nature of RISC-V is also a lower risk of Chinese enterprises will lose access to the Arm architecture, it should be geopolitical events that will lead to a breakdown in the global semiconductor industry.

Was a poor man, one of the several companies is to stop using the mobile phone Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., after the United States was essentially prohibited from doing business with the Shenzhen-based phonemaker, on national security grounds.

“The Chinese companies that are dependent on a RISC-V does not have to rely on one supplier, such as an Arm or Intel,” said Stewart Randall, who tracks China’s semiconductor industry, in the Shanghai consultancy, Intralink. “There is no risk of them losing access to an important part of the design.”

China currently hosts two industry organizations devoted to the study of the RISC-V in addition to the RISC-V Foundation, based in California, usa.

Alibaba said it plans to make money from the processor and to the intellectual property (IP) for the issuance of licenses to chipmakers. He also said that it is likely to allow sharing of related code on a public GitHub repository, and to encourage related developments.

The e-commerce giant has gradually expanded from the online store, and into more technology-intensive areas. So, now it is China is the world’s leading provider of cloud-based computing services, as well as a young, smart, hardware, company products, including voice assistant, Tmall Success.

The shift coincides with a broader government-led pressure, in China’s high-tech sector, and to develop the core technologies of the soil, instead of relying on foreign companies.

The city of Shanghai recently launched its-STAR-market-exchange-is focused on helping high technology companies to raise money. With the opening up of the market, and saw several of the domestic chip companies to sell shares to the public.

Reporting by Josh Horwitz; Editing by Christopher Cushing

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