The RISC-V Foundation, an international open source chip technology organization, announced Monday that it plans to move its headquarters from Delaware to Switzerland amid concerns about U.S. trade restrictions. Calista Redmond, the foundation’s chief executive, said she wanted to ensure that universities, governments and businesses outside the US could help develop its open source technology. She said that while the foundation’s global cooperation has not yet been limited, its members are “concerned about possible geopolitical damage” and that “the world’s opinionist is saying, ‘We would be much more comfortable if we didn’t register in the United States.’
Mr Raymond said the fund’s board had unanimously approved moving its headquarters from the US to Switzerland, but declined to say which members had moved the motion.
Founded in 2015, the RISC-V Foundation sets standards for core chip architecture and control, and can use the RISC-V trademark on its products, but the organization itself does not own or control the technology.
More than 325 companies or other entities worldwide are members of the organization, including chip suppliers in the United States and Europe, such as Qualcomm and NXP Semiconductors, as well as China’s Alibaba Group and Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.