Google and Qualcomm partner up to develop RISC-V based Wear OS chipsets

Android used to support various architectures – ARM, x86, MIPS. While x86 is still technically supported, the choice for smartphones, tablets and smartwatches is down to only ARM. This means that whoever owns ARM has an outsized influence over the whole ecosystem. Now Qualcomm and Google have announced that they are working on an alternative architecture.

You may or may not have heard of RISC-V (pronounced “risk five”). It’s an open-source instruction set for CPUs that has been gaining traction recently. Its open-source nature means that chipset designers don’t need to pay royalties like…

​ Android used to support various architectures – ARM, x86, MIPS. While x86 is still technically supported, the choice for smartphones, tablets and smartwatches is down to only ARM. This means that whoever owns ARM has an outsized influence over the whole ecosystem. Now Qualcomm and Google have announced that they are working on an alternative architecture.

You may or may not have heard of RISC-V (pronounced “risk five”). It’s an open-source instruction set for CPUs that has been gaining traction recently. Its open-source nature means that chipset designers don’t need to pay royalties like…   Read More GSMArena.com – Latest articles 

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