(Reuters) — Intel is debating a possible offer to buy SiFive, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, a company closely associated with open source technology that is challenging the rise of Intel’s rival, Arm.
SiFive, a San Mateo, California-based startup, employs several of the creators of RISC-V, an open source chip technology that is challenging Arm, the British chip technology firm being acquired by Nvidia for $40 billion. Both Arm and SiFive sell intellectual property such as chip designs to others who ultimately produce the chips.
Intel and SiFive both declined to comment.
Bloomberg on Thursday reported Intel’s interest, citing a source saying that the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker is mulling a $2 billion offer. Intel, along with rivals such as Qualcomm, is already an investor in SiFive, which raised $61 million in a funding round led by Korea’s SK Hynix.
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