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    Apple hires RISC-V programmer - Will Apple abandon ARM architecture?
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    A recent job posting on Apple's website has sparked speculation about the future of chips used in the company's devices. In the ad, Apple announced that it is looking to attract programmers who have complete control over the RISC-V architecture and dominate the NEON micro-architecture in the ARM CPU cores. RISC-V is an open source or open source architecture and offers different terms than the ARM architecture (present on Apple's A and M series chips). Apple's job advertisement may indicate the company's desire to replace the ARM architecture with RISC-V. Of course, some experts consider this unlikely - at least in the near future. Apple hires RISC-V programmer - Will Apple abandon ARM architecture?

    Apple has long been designing the chipsets used in the iPhone and other devices. The A-series chips are designed by Apple and then manufactured by large companies such as the Taiwanese company TSMC. After years, Apple finally decided to take exactly the same approach to Macs, leaving aside Intel processors, and Macs using chips designed by Apple itself - the M-Series. But all of these chips (whether A series or M series) are all based on the ARM architecture.

    But our main discussion here is the RISC-V architecture (fifth generation RISC architecture). It is not bad to mention RISC itself first. RISC stands for Reduced Instruction Set Computer and can be translated as "low command computer". RISC is the work of engineers IBM, Stanford and UC Berkeley in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Interestingly, ARM-based chips are also considered RISC chips, because ARM stands for Advanced RISC Machine. Apple hires RISC-V programmer - Will Apple abandon ARM architecture?

    ARM Architecture Company He describes the RISC as follows: A low-command computer is a type of microprocessor architecture that uses a small set of highly optimized commands instead of a very specific set of commands (commonly found in other architectures). "RISC is an alternative to the CISC architecture and is considered the most cost-effective CPU architecture technology today."

    Now we come to RISC-V. The letter V here is the same as the Roman numeral 5. As such, RISC-V is the fifth generation of RISC architecture. Because Berkeley University offers this architecture in open source, the company that uses this architecture will be exempt from royalty or licensing fees. This can significantly reduce the final cost of production. Needless to say, Apple is currently paying royalties to the company for using the ARM architecture. Given the sheer volume of chips used in Apple devices, using the RISC-V open source architecture can save Apple millions of dollars a year.

    Now that there is so much talk about RISC-V architecture, it's not bad to see what other benefits RISC architecture has (apart from being open source and free)? According to ARM, chips based on the RISC architecture are more energy efficient. Another point is that the RISC architecture simplifies the process of designing and manufacturing chipsets, and due to the fact that the construction of this type of chipsets requires smaller parts, the cost will be lower. In addition, due to the reduced number of commands and simple decryption logic, chipsets based on the RISC architecture take up less space and require fewer transistors.

     Apple hires RISC-V programmer - Will Apple abandon ARM architecture?

    Replace ARM with RISC-V architecture. But this seems very unlikely. The fact is that setting aside an architecture to design chips and employing another architecture is a long and time consuming process and requires years of planning and preparation. If Apple really wanted to change the architecture of its chips to RISC-V, it would have done so before switching from Intel to ARM chips in the Mac and iPad Pro.

    It may seem impossible for Apple to abandon the ARM architecture and complete switch to the RISC-V architecture at the moment, but it is possible that Apple will decide to replace some ARM-based chips with newer chips. Replace based on RISC-V architecture. No matter what Apple executives plan to do, this job posting reflects the company's willingness to work on the RISC-V architecture. The ad states that the developer will work with a team that is implementing innovative RISC-V solutions.

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