[libre-riscv-dev] xdc2020

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at lkcl.net
Fri Jul 3 23:43:51 BST 2020

On Friday, July 3, 2020, Cole Poirier <colepoirier at gmail.com> wrote:

>  an opportunity to promote a renaissance of (Open)Power(PC) hardware and
> associated software.

 the technical gap is the difference between low power 300 mhz 32 bit
Freescale embedded processors and the 200W Monster POWER9 IBM processor.

that's a huge gap with plenty of market potential for us to find suitable

 Power really is a marvel of engineering, and what we’re planning to do
> with it is inanely cool!!


>  So yeah I’d recommend we have an interwoven story about OpenPOWER and our
> project, to show that we’re using the OpenPowerISA and
> OpenPowerFoundation’s great “engineering” (i.e. the procedures for open ISA
> extension) to create the revolution in hardware that RV promised but is
> failing to deliver.

well... it *is* delivering but in a strangled fashion where not only libre
commercial projects are discriminated against, i have heard many other
stories where others are also discriminated as well.

so it *is* actually innovating... but only by "arbitrarily approved"
participants.  which is in violation of both Trademark Law as well as anti
trust laws.

our experiences with OpenPOWER have been the direct polar opposite: very
positive.  the long time things are taking with OPF are because they want
to get things right, and not rush ahead.

this because the larger OPF members such as IBM have huge ongoing
responsibility to existing customers, going back 2 decades.

ultimately then, the people behind OPF are thoughtful and extremely
intelligent, and get that PowerISA needs new implementors as well as
constructive input from new sources.

the base is, as you say, already damn good.

I also have a prospective investor that I need to prepare something similar
> for.

care to share?


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