Although ARM is currently the undisputed leader in the smartphone segment, its architecture is RISC-V could get complicated in the medium term. Not briefly, of course, because although the technology industry is moving at heart attack speed in many respects, such changes, which are associated with enormous effort and the assumption of certain risks, slow down the movements considerably and, consequently, a step forward in this sense is from of great importance, since in this sense it points us to evolution.
AND it seems that 2022 could be a pretty important year in this regard, because as far as we canThe first RISC-V-based smartphones could hit the market next year. No makes or models are mentioned, but there are several signs that point in this direction. Now the same voices that speak of this possibility also suggest that this could be postponed until 2023 due to the shortage of chips.
Either way, so in 2022 or 2023, which seems clearer every day, is that the anticipated debut of RISC-V is already near and most likely, once its effectiveness has been proven by the first manufacturers, let’s take the plunge see very interesting moves from the rest of the industry. And as we told you a few weeks ago, the degree of maturity of this free architecture is already able to work with ARM. to competeThe main difference in these circumstances is that manufacturers do not have to pay royalties to use their designs.
Although, as I mentioned earlier, in this publication there are no manufacturers, There are already some who have shown great interest in RISC-V. For example, in May of this year we learned of Huawei’s interest in this technology and in September we analyzed in more detail why Apple was also interested in this architecture. The motivations are different in both companies (although saving licenses is a reason that interests everyone), but in any case the interest that has already been overcome is a sign that something must have matured.
Don’t wait for RISC-V to make its debut in the high-end segment of smartphones. It can offer a remarkable performance, but still not come close to the top of Qualcomm, MediaTek and Co. Most likely, the debut will take place in the mid-range or perhaps even the entry-level range, with the cost reduction by foregoing license payments to ARM giving these manufacturers some competitive advantage.