After half a century of sustained expansion and innovation, semiconductor sales and profits are noticeably slowing. This can be attributed to a number of factors, including the rising cost of designing and manufacturing new chips. Although still at a relatively nascent stage, open-source hardware has already managed to positively disrupt the semiconductor industry by encouraging innovation, reducing development costs and accelerating time to market. Reprogrammable chips can potentially replace a one-size fits all strategy for a ‘Features as a Service’ (FaaS) approach. As such, reprogrammable silicon will undoubtedly play a major part in building the IoT, which spans a broad range of applications and environments with varying requirements. A Features as a Service (FaaS) framework will allow companies to dynamically enable features at multiple points in the semiconductor value chain, ranging from manufacturing to in-field use.
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