RISC-V Foundation will move to Europe: Goodbye USA !!!

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Europe wins a little battle, but it is still in a critical situation and in absolute weakness on many fronts, including political, territorial and also technological. Victory cannot be claimed yet, and very difficult and difficult times are ahead for all the member countries. The reason is that the old continent has a high technological dependence on technology that mainly comes from the United States and Asia.

But Trump's policy has taken some toll within Europe, and also within the US, where some are uncomfortable. It is the case of the RISC-V Foundation, which sets its objective to move to European territory, specifically to Switzerland. Thus, the restrictive policies that the American country is taking, and that I do not think will end if Trump leaves power, would no longer have an effect on these technologies for the rest of the world.

Everyone has seen what happened with China and Android, among others ...

I wish Linux Foundation would follow the same steps and move to a more neutral zone in Europe, that would be great news for everyone. Some may think that it is something absurd, since they are open source projects and, therefore, even if certain tariffs are imposed, they could continue to be used. But there are some nuances.

In fact, In June I asked RISC-V's Andrew Waterman about what would happen for Europe if Trump decided to put up barriers to the use of this open ISA. Being open, it could continue to be used, but there is a very important but. And the fact is that the foundation, being in the United States, could be pressured to decide who can or cannot be a member. And the members are the ones who decide the future or the direction that is taken.

Something similar happens with open standards and technologies. They are open, but the organizations that maintain them are subject to the laws of the country where they reside. Therefore, they could decide who can or cannot be a member, that is, who can or cannot intervene in said technology. Although others can implement it freely as long as they do not use trademarks etc.

And as for a competitive ISA, the truth is that x86, SPARC, POWER, and others, are all from the United States. ARM It was European pride, the jewel, but in an incomprehensible act, the European Union approved its sale to SoftBank, which is Japanese, thus losing the only decent European ISA. Therefore, the fact that RISC-V is now in EU territory is good ...


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