Reply to post: Re: commercial lockout

Talk about a calculated RISC: If you think you can do a better job than Arm at designing CPUs, now's your chance

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Re: commercial lockout

"This would turn China into the centre of development for RISC-V and could quickly lead to Intel and ARM becoming also rans."

I think you're a little optimistic - RISC-V and MIPS are not too dissimilar in terms of being freely available CPU designs with MIPS having the performance advantage and RISC-V having the tooling advantage.

If you integrated many of the performance enhancements found in the MIPS design into RISC-V, you would likely be able to compete with a current high-end ARM processor but it would likely take 5+ years to get the design validated and on the market by which point your competitors are another 5 years ahead. Plus you need to develop your tooling at the same time AND make some money.

That's not to say RISC-V will not be successful, I think it will - just not to the point where it can challenge ARM let alone Intel or AMD.

If you were instead to look at ARM/Intel/AMD making mistakes that cost them their positions in performance or market share, then there is a much greater opportunity there. Advanced CPU designs are complex and expensive, particularly when you make mistakes.

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