Linux Now Has its First Open Source RISC-V Processor: Page 2 of 2

With its new, first-of-its-kind Linux-compatible multi-core CPU, SiFive is moving to pushing the open source RISC-V architecture into an expanded world of use cases, including machine learning and IoT.

includes a number of startups and mid-level companies in its membership, but also boasts big names such as Google, IBM, as well as chipmakers like Nvidia, AMD, and Qualcomm. Last year, Nvidia, for example, announced that that next generation of its Falcon microcontrollers for its GPUs will be built using RISC-V. In a talk released by the RISC-V Foundation, Nvidia cited configurable cache as well as the need to increase performance of Falcon for emerging use cases such as automotive and security as being behind its decision to embrace the architecture.

“It brings a new level of innovation into developing your own purpose built machine because the ISA is open for anyone to use so the barrier to entry is very low,” O'Connor said“In the near future I think we're going to see RISC-V make more of a push into general computing devices and then cloud-based accelerator applications. [The Foundation] really sees it as an architecture that really has an opportunity to be an ISA for all.” 

RISC-V & Linux: Open Source Hardware Meets Software
SiFive's Jack Kang will discuss the growing RISC-V ecosystem and open-source-based embedded cores at the  Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley technical session " RISC-V & Linux: Open Source Hardware Meets Software" . Click here to register for ESC today!

Chris Wiltz is a senior editor at   Design News  covering emerging technologies, including VR/AR, AI, and robotics.

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