SWITZERLAND - US-Based Chip-Tech Group Moves

Arno Froese

The nonprofit RISC-V Foundation (pronounced risk-five) wants to ensure that universities, governments and companies outside the United States can help develop its open-source technology, its Chief Executive Calista Redmond said in an interview with Reuters.

She said the foundation’s global collaboration has faced no restrictions to date but members are “concerned about possible geopolitical disruption.”

“From around the world, we’ve heard that ‘If the incorporation was not in the U.S., we would be a lot more comfortable,’” she said. Redmond said the foundation’s board of directors approved the move unanimously but declined to disclose which members prompted it.

The foundation’s move from Delaware to Switzerland may foreshadow further technology flight because of U.S. restrictions on dealing with some Chinese technology companies, said William Reinsch, who was undersecretary of commerce for export administration in the Clinton administration.

The RISC-V Foundation announced at a meeting last December it would seek a “neutral” country before making a formal decision to go to Switzerland earlier this year, a decision that got little public attention.

Chinese companies have had access to the RISC-V architecture, which is publicly available, since its creation, Redmond said.

Alibaba claimed in July it had developed the fastest RISC-V processor to date. The company declined to comment for this story.

-www.reuters.com, 25 November 2019

Arno's commentary

It is of interest to see how globalism continues to change. Only a few decades ago, there was not much in the field of “semiconductor technology,” but now it’s literally in the hands of nearly all nations and all people. Countries that attempt to control import and export will always be on the losing end.

Several decades ago, Brazil had restrictions placed on the import of computers and computer technology in support of their own computer industry. But that quickly backfired, because they were subsidizing an industry in the developing stages (supporting a loser) and hindering in the participation of developing global technology.

While we are not pro- nor con- globalism, we cannot deny the fact that it is successful and unstoppable. Whoever does not play the global rules will be the loser.

Here the words of our Lord apply: we are in the world, but not of this world. As believers, we may enjoy the freedom that globalism guarantees without reservation, because we have no permanent residence here; we’re just passing through. Eternity is our home.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

Read more from this author

ContactAbout UsPrivacy and Safety