ARM isn’t going to license its most powerful chip designs to Alibaba or other Chinese companies after determining that doing so would probably violate US and UK trade rules meant to stop companies from selling tech to Chinese companies that could have military applications.

In other recent tech news from around the web, Sipeed has unveiled a new RISC-V system-on-a-module, the developers behind Ardour have released a new build of the open source digital audio workstation, Microsoft has released the last Windows 11 Insider Preview build of the year, and Chrome OS is getting support for using SFTP from the command line.

Export controls hit China’s access to Arm’s leading-edge chip designs [Financial Times]

ARM won’t be selling its Neoverse V2 chip designs to Chinese companies including Alibaba after determining that US and UK officials probably would probably block sales due to export restrictions imposed on China.

Ardour 7.2 released [Ardour]

Free and open source digital audio workstation Ardour version 7.2 is out, with bug fixes, support for compressed OGG/OPUS audio, importing lyrics from MIDI files, and some UI improvements.

Sipeed LM4A – T-Head TH1520 RISC-V module to power Raspberry Pi 4 competitor and cluster board [CNX Software

Sipeed LM4A is a system-on-a-module with a quad-core T-Head TH1520 RISC-V processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and a 260 pin SODIMM connector that allows it to attach to a carrier board.

ChromeOS 109 adds SFTP to the Terminal on Chromebooks [About Chromebooks]

The latest update of ChromeOS 109 adds SFTP to the Terminal on Chromebooks. While useful for server management, you can use it for remotely stored media too.

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25267 [Windows Blogs]

The final Windows 11 Insider Preview Build of 2022 brings some user interface tweaks and bug fixes… but also introduces bugs that may cause Windows Hello face recognition to stop working on some devices or black screen on resume for some ARM64 devices.

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  1. There is a huge gap in the coverage of this ARM story:

    ARM went into China and had to make it “ARM China” to comply with the Chinese Communist Party’s policies for foreign companies. Then, with the blessing of the CCP/Chinese government, a literal hostile takeover of ARM China was executed using armed security, seizing the company, it’s assets and IP, and calling it something else. It’s a fascinating story and probably the biggest case of IP theft/Commercial espionage that has happened in decades.

    You can learn more searching for “ARM China takeover”.

    1. ARM recently managed to oust the Chinese CEO who went rogue and took the whole Chinese branch with him, as of a few months ago, and replaced him with someone else.
      But yes, having that happen in the first place would likely influence this kind of decision.

      1. It could have been a win-win situation, but the short-sighted manuever by China (aka Officials representing that market, country, and system) has spoiled the porridge.

        They effectively were banned after the Cortex-A75 ISA was released. But it didn’t stop them developing Cortex-A76 chips, and shortly after they had (advanced) Cortex A77+ processors.

        The ARMv9 architecture was a chance for a clean slate, but ARM still failed there. They released the A710 to support 32bit processes to cover Chinese-Android and Chinese-Apps, and they didn’t make SecureBoot a mandatory part of the new platform.

    1. Given the direction RISC-V SoCs and boards appear to be going with proprietary firmware, vendor kernels etc, I don’t think I could call it a win for any idealistic community effort.

      1. I was being kind of ironic. Either way no one is really going to gain much from this, going by the FT’s report ARM will try to find solutions with its Chinese costumers, just like Nvidia has been doing, but that won’t solve the fundamental issues at hand. Sooner or later China will have to get independent for its needs, it’s either that or bending the knee to the American Empire.

        1. You prefer China that beat up free Democracy

          China warned it would take retaliatory action against UK if it did not move to ensure Chinese diplomats could work freely in the country
          Comes after six Chinese diplomats fled UK after police wanted to question them
          Police launched criminal probe after Hong Kong protester assaulted by staff