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The semiconductor industry is in transition. It is facing challenges with the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) and emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Cost is another factor driving change. “Chip design projects that once cost a few tens of millions of dollars a decade ago have climbed as much as $200 million,” according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA). Challenges will only continue in the future with the materialization of smart-cities and other new technology advances.

Open source development will impact new processor technologies by drawing on the collective intelligence and creativity of a vast pool of talented coders, thus helping fulfill the demand.

In light of these changes, semiconductor companies are accepting the open source approach. They are positioning themselves to better compete across multiple verticals, including cloud-based computing, AI, self-driving vehicles and others. Semiconductor firms, including BroadcomCirrus Logic International (UK) Ltd., Cavium (acquired by Marvell Technology)DSP Group, and VIA are also joining the Open Invention Network.

Industry News

Global Leader in Mobile & Communications Chipsets Commits to “Becoming the Backbone of the Digital World”
UNISOC — a global leader and fabless semiconductor company in mobile communications and IoT chipsets— has joined our community. The award-winning, China-based enterprise is committed to Open Source Software (OSS) and to “Becoming the Backbone of the Digital World.” The chipmaker is building an ecosystem focused on 5G and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies with 3 corresponding business units, including Consumer Electronics, Industry Electronics and Connectivity Devices.

UNISCO operates 10 research centers and 4 support offices throughout the world. Its products support a broad range of wireless communications standards, including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, TD-SCDMA, W-CDMA, HSPA+ and TD-LTE.

Toyota Joins IBM and Google as a Patron of Open Source Software
Auto-related companies—including, Ford, Hyundai/KIA, Beijing-based truck company Beiqi Foton Motor, and semiconductor maker NXP—have become members of OIN.

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New Linux Foundation Members Make Investments to Advance Embedded Systems
As consumers and mobile workers have begun to favor seamlessly integrated devices in their day-to-day lives, the use of embedded Linux in a wide variety of technologies has grown immensely.

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Electronic Design Interview with CEO Keith Bergelt
Developers have always needed to deal with intellectual property and licensing issues. Open source software is simply an extension of this but it has become more important because of the impact and popularity of platforms like Linux. The Open Invention Network (OIN) is an organization that addresses these issues. I spoke with Keith Bergelt, CEO of OIN, about its mission.

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Electronic Design: How The Changing Legal Landscape Impacts Free And Open Source Software Development
There is a constellation of legal constructs that you may sometimes hear referred to as “intellectual property.” That’s a tricky term because it encourages one to think of these separate types of legal constructs as the same. They aren’t the same. Free and open source software developers used to mainly concern themselves with licenses, license interactions and the resolution of license violations. In recent years, the scope of free and open source legal issues has expanded to include patents and (to a lesser degree) trademarks. Trademark issues rarely stop software from being distributed, so this article will discuss copyright licenses and software patents.

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  • What the industry is saying…

    UNISOC is committed to the independent development and design of core chips in the field of mobile communications and AIoT, and Linux and open source software are the key elements of our technology development. By joining the OIN community, Zhanrui demonstrates its strong commitment to innovation and will continue to support patent protection for projects such as Linux.
    Yang Jiejing, Head of Legal DepartmentUNISOC

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