Rivos Strategizes Future Moves as Apple Lawsuit Lingers

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ISAs are a technical spec at the foundation of every chip, describing how software controls the chip’s hardware. In addition to building the chip, Rivos is working on self-contained data center hardware based on the Open Compute Project modular standard, which will effectively serve as plug-and-play chip housing. Startups by the dozens, meanwhile, are angling for a slice of a custom data center chip market that could reach $10 billion this year and double by 2025. Habana Labs, the Intel-owned AI chip company, laid off an estimated 10% of its workforce last year. Kumar wouldn’t talk about customers, and Rivos’ chip isn’t anticipated to reach mass production until sometime next year.