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RISC-V 基金会总部正式迁移至瑞士

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发表于 2020-03-18 22:51:58
以下文章原文源于RISC-V基金会

由于对潜在贸易限制的担忧,总部位于美国的芯片技术非营利组织RISC-V基金会总部近日已经正式迁移至瑞士。RISC-V基金会首席执行官卡利斯塔·雷德蒙德(Calista Redmond)正式向全体会员发送了通知邮件。


卡利斯塔·雷德蒙德(Calista Redmond)在邮件里提到,由于从技术社区领袖那里了解到基金会在开放合作、知识产权相关领域存在潜在政治风险,基于持续保证对开源技术和软件的支持以及规避可能带来的政治风险等诸多因素的综合考量,决定选择将基金会总部搬迁到瑞士。


总部迁移后提出了新的会员分级制度


RISC-V基金会总部迁移到瑞士,并不会改变 RISC-V 的基本宗旨或主要的知识产权等相关规定,但是会对原本的制度进行一些少量的修订,以便基金会更具有包容性。今后基金会将会为会员提供更多的支持与服务,给予会员更多的参与决定权限,继续为加速社区建设和开源项目的发展提供更多的资金支持。

总部搬迁后基金会提出了新的会员分级制度,共分为三个等级:普通会员、战略会员、高级会员,明确划分了不同等级会员之间的基本差异,以便明确会员加入后在不同层级可以获得的帮助内容。在邮件的最后,基金会还提到了总部迁移后的系列过渡政策与下一步工作计划,包括针对现有的美国基金会章程修订权、知识产权等方面的规章制度进行完善优化,希望可以充分吸纳各会员单位提供的优质建议。

 

附邮件主要内容翻译(不包含会员反馈表)


亲爱的RISC-V会员们:


我们共同建立了一个令人难以置信的开源生态,我们的很多成员实现了一个开放的ISA愿景,以创新芯片产业。基金会发展到今天,已经获得了全球知名企业的关注和支持,同时非常感谢RISC-V会员所作出的贡献。今天,随着我们总部完成搬迁,标志着从此基金会将开启新的征程,我们持续以开源为基础,愿建立一个更强大、更有影响力的开源生态。


RISC-V基金会理事会和我很荣幸地宣布,我们现在已经在瑞士正式成立了RISC-V国际协会(“RISC-V”),我们亲自邀请您通过新的会员政策加入该组织。


为什么要搬到瑞士?


我们已经从广泛的行业咨询以及与技术社区领导人的沟通交流中了解并预测到开放合作以及IP权限相关政策被破坏的可能性。虽然没有任何国家、公司或个人对RISC-V指令集进行限制或禁运,但这一直是一个令人关注与忧虑的话题。我们意识到,开放合作以及IP权限被中断的可能性是阻碍投资和应用推广的一个重要因素。瑞士被选为我们的总部,是对开源技术和软件技术的大力支持、协作和低地缘政治破坏风险等因素进行相关综合评估后的抉择。


在瑞士的司法管辖下,RISC-V基金会将会有哪些改变?


将总部迁至瑞士并不会改变RISC-V的基本宗旨或主要知识产权条款,我们力求在原本的基础上优化完善,通过对现有法规进行少量修改,以使其更具包容性,为我们的会员提供更强有力的权益保障,为加速跃进中的RISC-V项目提供资金支持。


1、包容性。所有技术和业务工作组、任务组和一般委员会将继续保持非机密性。


——加强治理、扩大领导。我们将根据新的会员制度,开放权限,让不同层级会员均有机会通过选举成为理事会的代表。


2、为RISC-V社区和行业提供支持方案。我们已经重新设置了会员级别,使其与更大的开源组织和最佳实践保持一致。作为新会员制度的一部分,我们将设立新的高级职位,该职位将提供更多的财政支持,以建立更具前瞻性的项目,来服务庞大的社区生态。这些项目以6个原则为中心: 技术交付、合规和认证、可见性、学习和培训、宣传和推广以及市场。


新的会员级别制度


为了让会员加入后获得更多的主动权,新的会员级别将分为三个等级。具体会员级别划分制度如下:(关于所有会员和管理的更多细节可以在我们的章程和会员文件中找到)


1、普通会员。普通会员主要包括大学和非营利组织,以及不属于法人实体的个人。公司不能加入这一级别。普通会员不需要缴纳年费,但可以享有正式会员的所有福利。普通会员有权从大学/组织或个人会员中提名一名代表出任理事会成员。


2、战略会员。战略会员包括公司、组织和其他法律实体,并享有正式会员的所有福利。战略会员将根据其法人实体的雇员规模承担年度会员费,具体如下: 少于500名雇员——年费为5,000美元;500至5,000名雇员——年费为15,000美元;5,000名雇员以上——年费为35,000美元。战略会员有权向理事会提名三名代表。


3、高级会员。高级会员包括任何具有浓厚兴趣和财务支持的法律实体,并享有正式会员的所有福利。这一级别的会员有两种选项。第一个选项为理事会级别,包括一名理事会和技术指导委员会的代表,每年需缴纳250,000美元的会费。第二个选项为高级技术指导委员会级别,包括一名技术指导委员会的代表,年费为100,000美元。高级技术指导委员会和战略会员一样有权提名理事会代表。


瑞士和成员国的过渡方案将如何运作?


我们正与社会一道努力,使这一过渡尽可能顺利。新瑞士基金会的关键文件位于HTTPS://RISCV.Org/MeabsApp-Aptudio/。


请尽快与其相关内部审批人员或法律顾问一起审查文件。


现在所有会员级别均可以注册。我们还将开始接受普通、战略和技术指导委员会高级会员的理事会代表提名,截止日期为2020年5月31日,并于2020年6月举行理事会提名和选举。拥有新基金会会员资格的成员将参与其中。


所有仅限会员的活动将立即过渡到瑞士新基金会,在2020年8月31日之前,仅限会员的活动允许美国和瑞士RISC-V会员参与;自2020年9月1日开始,仅限会员的活动将只允许瑞士RISC-V基金会的会员参加。


一旦您选择了新的会员级别并提交了在线会员资格申请表,我们将把您从美国基金会实体的剩余会员费按比例折算作为您在新瑞士基金会实体的入会金额。您将收到新基金会开具的电子发票。


我们已将法律实体过渡到瑞士,从现在开始,我们将不再续签美国基金会会员资格。自2020年9月1日开始,我们将把存在于美国的基金会实体转变为一个非会员组织。届时,我们将单独联系尚未转为瑞士基金会组织会员的其余会员。


附邮件主要内容原文(不包含会员反馈表):


Dear RISC-V Members,

Together we have built an incredible community across our many interests in realizing the vision of an open ISA to revolutionize the silicon industry. Our progress has captured the attention and investment of stakeholders globally and we are humbled and grateful for the dedication, collaboration, and commitment of RISC-V members. Today we are building on our success and opening up the potential to build a stronger community with greater impact and potential as we enter our next phase of mainstream adoption.

The RISC-V Foundation Board of Directors and I are honored to announce that we have now officially formed the RISC-V International Association (“RISC-V”) in Switzerland and we personally invite you to join the organization as our official new home via the new membership options.

The following details will set the context for the move to Switzerland and new membership levels.

Why move to Switzerland?

We’ve heard from broad industry and community leaders on the potential for geopolitical disruption related to open collaboration and IP access. While there are no restrictions or embargoes on the leverage of RISC-V by any nation, company, or individual, this has been an ongoing area of concern. We appreciate that the possibility of disruption has been cited as a reason to hold back investment and strategic adoption. Switzerland has been selected for our legal incorporation based on a history of strong support of open source technology and software, collaboration, and low risk of geo political disruption.

Under Swiss jurisdiction, what will change?

Moving the incorporation to Switzerland does not change the fundamental purpose or main IP provisions of RISC-V. We are however making a small number of changes in our regulations to be more inclusive, offer stronger leadership representation across our membership, and to fund programs to accelerate RISC-V for our community and industry.

-Inclusive. All technical and business work groups, task groups, and committees in general will continue to be non-confidential.

-Stronger governance, broader leadership. Under the new membership options, every level will have opportunity to elect representation on the Board of Directors.

-Enabling programs for the RISC-V community and industry. We have reset the membership levels to be more consistent with larger open source organizations and best practices. As part of this we are including a new top level that will contribute greater financial support to build meaningful programs to serve the entire community. These programs center on 6 principles: Technical deliverables, Compliance and Certification, Visibility, Learning and Training, Advocacy and Outreach, and Marketplace.

What are the new Membership options?

We now offer three membership options to serve the broadest interests for RISC-V development and adoption. The basic differences between membership levels are listed here. More detail on all membership and governance is available in our Regulations and Membership documents.

-Community membership. This level is available to universities and non-profit organizations, as well as individuals not affiliated with a legal entity. Companies may not join this level. Community membership carries no annual membership fee and includes all benefits of full membership. The members at this level will have the right to nominate one representative to the Board from University/organization members and one representative for individual members.

-Strategic membership. This level includes companies, organizations, and other legal entities and conveys all of the benefits of full membership. The members at this level will incur an annual membership fee based on the employee size of their legal entity as follows: less than 500 employees -- the annual fee is $5,000 USD, between 500-5,000 employees – the annual fee is $15,000 USD, and for 5,000+ employees – the annual fee is $35,000 USD. The members at this level will have the right to nominate three representatives to the Board of Directors.

-Premier membership. This level includes any legal entity with deep interest and financial support with all the benefits for full membership. The members at this level have two options for participation. The Board level includes a representative on the Board of Directors as well as on the Technical Steering Committee and carries an annual membership fee of $250,000 USD. A second option Premier TSC level includes a representative on the Technical Steering Committee for an annual membership fee of $100,000 USD. The Premier TSC level will have the right to nominate Board representatives together with the Strategic members.

How will the Swiss and membership option transition work?

We are working together with the community to make this transition as seamless as possible.  The key documents for the new Swiss foundation are located at https://riscv.org/membership-application/.  Please review the documents together with any internal approval processes or counsel as soon as possible.

Sign-up is now available at all levels. We will also begin accepting nominations for Board reps from Community, Strategic, and Premier TSC members through May 31, 2020 for Board nominations and elections to be held in June 2020. Membership in the new entity is required to participate.

All member-only activities will transition to the new Swiss structure immediately and allow for participation by both US and Swiss RISC-V members through August 31, 2020. Beginning September 1, 2020, membership in the Swiss RISC-V entity is required to participate in member-only activities.

Once you’ve selected your new membership level and submitted the online membership form, we will apply your pro-rated remaining membership fees from the US entity as a credit to your new Swiss entity membership. You’ll receive an electronic invoice at the new level.

Beginning immediately, we will not be renewing US entity memberships as we transition the legal entity to Switzerland. Beginning September 1, 2020 we will be transitioning the US entity to be a non-membership organization. At that time, remaining members who have not yet transitioned to a Swiss organization membership will be contacted individually.


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