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If you can not beat them, join him. That seems to be the new unofficial mantra of a company that for quite some time seemed to be running out of steam and that, under the leadership of Pat Gelsinger, has changed its focus: they want to be a semiconductor giant again, but also one that also support and manufacture third-party solutions.

The company has announced a $1 billion fund to help companies in the semiconductor industry, including those that develop solutions with ARM architectures and, attention, RISC-V. In the latter case, the bet goes higher, especially since Intel has joined the RISC-V International association that oversees the roadmap for this Open Source architecture.

Things get interesting for RISC-V

The investment fund of 1,000 million dollars that will serve to help all types of companies can take advantage of its Intel Foundry Services (IFS), which is essentially all of their development resources and especially semiconductor manufacturing… even if they’re not x86 chips.

The progress of RISC-V is still modest compared to the solutions that currently exist in both the ARM and x86 worlds, but the fact that it is an open and royalty-free architecture is attracting more and more sectors of the industry . Intel does not want to miss the opportunity to take advantage of the pull, and has made strategic moves to support RISC-V.

The investment is destined to promote startups with disruptive ideas, to help their partners to grow and to support all the clients of their IFS. The idea is basically an economic injection so that third parties that before might have gone to other ‘foundries’ (TSMC, Samsung, Global Foundries) now know that they have a partner in Intel who is eager to do things right and help.

Intel’s intention is also to get much more fully into the future of RISC-V. Added to the announcement of the investment fund is the fact that the RISC-V International association has welcomed Intel as a first level member and will also participate in the board of directors.

That Intel has ended up joining this consortium is somewhat reminiscent of how Microsoft has gone from hate to love for Linux: the company led by Satya Nadella also opened its doors to solutions that previously competed with it, and at Intel they seem to be following that philosophy.

It remains to be seen what comes out of that bet, but of course this means an interesting support for the RISC-V architecturewhich is gradually being recognized as a real alternative for the future in various fields.

Via | Tom’s Hardware

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