Last week, RISC-V announced that Red Hat is the latest major company to join the RISC-V foundation. Red Hat has joined as a Silver level member, which carries US$5,000 due per year, including 5 discounted registrations for RISC-V workshops.
RISC-V states in the official blog post that “As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.”
RISC-V is a free and open-source hardware instruction set architecture (ISA) which aims to enable extensible software and hardware freedom in computing design and innovation. As a member of the RISC-V foundation, Red Hat now officially agrees to support the use of RISC-V chips. As RISC-V has not released any major software and hardware, per performance, its customer companies will continue using both Arm and RISC-V chips.
In January, Raspberry Pi also joined the RISC-V foundation. Though it has not announced if it will be releasing a RISC-V developer board, instead of using Arm-based chips.
IBM has been a RISC-V foundation member for many years. In October last year, Red Hat, the major distributor of open-source software and technology was acquired by IBM for $34 Billion, with an aim to deliver next-generation hybrid multi cloud platform. Subsequently, it would want Red Hat to join the RISC-V Foundation as well. Other tech giants like Google, Qualcomm, Samsung, Alibaba, and Samsung are also part of the RISC-V foundation.