China promotes open-source chip design

China is advancing open-source chip design through initiatives by companies like T-Head from Alibaba Group, investing in -V chips to reduce reliance on foreign technology. T-Head is promoting -V processors, aiming for self-sufficiency and launching projects for secure payments on wearable devices. Challenges like high costs and algorithm compatibility persist for those adopting this architecture.

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T-Head, the chip unit of Alibaba Group Holding, is investing in RISC-V chips to become self-sufficient in the semiconductor space due to US sanctions.

Alipay, a payment service under affiliate Ant Group, and T-Head are jointly developing RISC-V chips to enable secure payment functions on wearable devices.

T-Head has launched an initiative to encourage 150,000 developers to learn about and gain credentials on the open-source chip design architecture.

China is pushing RISC-V as a means of reducing dependence on foreign technologies. T-Head has already launched eight RISC-V processors and is bringing commercial applications into both consumer and industrial fields.

Issues with high costs and algorithm compatibility remain challenges for adopters of the architecture.

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