A single smartphone today has more power than the computers NASA relied on to send astronauts to the moon and back 50 years ago. Semiconductors were the brains in 1969 and are propelling future technology advancements at a rapid pace.
“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 as new technology arises. Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Internet of Things (IoT). Quantum Computing. 5G. Robots. Smart Cities. These are just a few areas influencing the semiconductor ecosystem. Add to that, an increased demand from both consumers and businesses for faster speed, higher functionality, and low-power, “greener” devices. The intelligent chipsets of today — and tomorrow — do more.
As the world continues transitioning from an application-centric one to a data-first model, it is only a matter of time until almost all data will be generated — and consumed by —machines. For the semiconductor industry, this is good news. The global market is predicted to grow to $90.8 billion U.S. dollars by 2024, according to Market Watch. By 2030, forecasters expect it to reach $1 trillion.
Many semiconductor firms across the globe are accepting the Open Source approach. And many industry leaders are joining our community, realizing the plethora of benefits derived from Open Source innovation and collaboration.
Semiconductors Industry News
Here’s what a few of our Semiconductor members are up to:
Alibaba’s chip subsidiary, Pingtouge, utilizes Open Source architecture, RISC-V, rather than Arm and develops new processors that drive embedded systems, automation, automotive and edge-computing applications.
Broadcom expanded its Ethernet Switch Software Suite, introducing the industry’s 1st fully Open Source Software development kit with open APIs and source code to accelerate development and deployment of networking stacks in 2018. The company also unveiled the industry’s 1st open Artificial Intelligence (AI) operations platform that delivers full-stack observability for hybrid clouds in 2021. Today, Broadcom’s wireless connectivity chips are used in iPhones and other smartphones. Its switch silicon and custom designs are pars of data centers owned by cloud computing giants such as Alphabet (Google) and Amazon.
DSP Group — which was acquired by Synaptics — is a leading global provider of voice and wireless chipset solutions for converged communications and uses Open Source Software in its leading-edge semiconductor technologies.
Hitachi offers one of the most diverse power semiconductor portfolios, some of which ensure Electronic Vehicles (EVs) and trains run smoothly, generate power efficiently and turn wind turbines reliably. The company has also open sourced many of its products, including in Hitachi Vantara.
UNISOC is a Chinese-based leading fabless semiconductor company in mobile communications and IoT chipsets, and a strong proponent of Open Source Software (OSS). It remains committed to OSS as an enabler of advanced communications and industrial / IoT systems.
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What Our Semiconductors Members Say
“We are incredibly focused on pleasing our customers. One of the most effective ways to do that is to develop the systems and technologies that enable our customers to innovate. Building and leveraging open technologies enables businesses to more easily integrate their solutions, while empowering them to focus more of their resources in the powerful, distinguishing technologies that customers pursue. We are pleased to be part of the OIN community protecting open projects that encourage innovation.”
The OIN membership supports Kontron on many levels. With our focus on building out our IoT framework, it makes perfect sense to be a part of an open source community that protects the rights of all members within the community, especially to reduce our patent risk around Linux related technology.
“Our stated mission is “Enabling Leading-Edge Technologies” and continuously improving ourselves so that we can offer products and services that satisfy our customers worldwide and contribute to the development of our society through the development of the most advanced technologies. In order to further promote this effort, we believe that the utilization of open source software will be essential. Open source platforms enable the rapid deployment of advanced computing and testing solutions. We recognize the value in shared innovation, a fundamental characteristic of open source communities. Our participation in the OIN community demonstrates our commitment to support collaborative technology development and the ongoing success of the open source model.”
Linux, and more broadly open source software, is a foundational technology in the desktop, mobile, networking, cloud and embedded computing environments. We are committed to open solutions that promote advances in all of the sectors that depend on advanced x86 and ARM platforms. Joining OIN is another way we are demonstrating our commitment to open innovation and collaboration.
Linux is an integral part of the advanced system-on-chip (SoC) development process and is used as the development platform, as well as a target operating system for many systems that our customers design. Preserving the openness of Linux is critical to the continued advancement of next-generation SoCs in both embedded applications and consumer devices.