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11 Myths About the RISC-V ISA

Semiconductor Engineering

Despite its rich ecosystem and growing number of real-world implementations, misconceptions about RISC-V are keeping companies around the world from fully realizing its benefits.

Ted Marena of Microsemi has written an interesting article in Electronic Design about the RISC-V ecosystem.

Many companies today are exploring free, open-source hardware and software as an alternative to closed, costly instruction set architectures (ISAs).

RISC-V is a free, open, and extensible ISA that’s redefining the flexibility, scalability, extensibility, and modularity of chip designs.

RISC-V.org

Despite its rich ecosystem and growing number of real-world implementations, there are misconceptions about RISC-V that have companies holding back from fully realizing its benefits.

To read the full article and see the 11 myths..., click here.

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Microsemi and Imperas Announce Extendable Platform Kit for Microsemi Mi-V RISC-V Soft CPUs

Microsemi Corporation

Collaboration Enabled by Microsemi's Mi-V Ecosystem, Designed to Drive Adoption of FPGA-Based RISC-V Designs

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, and Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, today announced the Extendable Platform Kit™ for Microsemi Mi-V™ RISC-V soft central processing units (CPUs). The collaboration delivers the first commercially available instruction set simulator (ISS) for Microsemi's Mi-V ecosystem, a program designed to increase adoption of Microsemi's RISC-V soft CPU product family utilizing RISC-V open instruction set architectures (ISAs).

To read the Microsemi press release, click here.

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Inflection point for RISC-V. The 7th RISC-V workshop in Silicon Valley

Embedded Computing Design

Inflection point for RISC-V: The 7th RISC-V workshop in Silicon Valley

Imperas participated in the 7th RISC-V workshop in Milpitas, California, with a talk and demonstrations. 

Imperas at 7th RISC-V workshop

Each workshop has a different feel to it, and this one seems to be the inflection point in RISC-V maturity. Whereas past workshops felt a bit like a revival tent meeting, with most everyone caught up in the religion of RISC-V, at this workshop there was also a strong...

To read the article in Embedded Computing Design, click here.

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RISC-V Processor Developer Suite Announced by Imperas

Models, Simulator and Tools Accelerate RISC-V Processor Development

Oxford, United Kingdom, November 29th, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, today announced the release of its new RISC-V Processor Developer Suite™.  The RISC-V Processor Developer Suite contains the models and tools necessary to validate and verify the functionality of a RISC-V processor.  It also enables the early estimation of timing performance and power consumption for the processor. 

Processor developers need models and tools to achieve the objectives of conformance, functionality verification and performance estimation.  Also, given the open nature of the RISC-V architecture, the models need to be easily extendable to accommodate changes as the specific processor evolves. These models and tools also need to work in larger platforms and environments, providing professional software development, debug and test solutions to the user community. 

The Imperas RISC-V Processor Developer Suite delivers commercially supported models, the fastest software simulator and a suite of tools: 

Andes and Imperas Partner to Deliver Models and Virtual Platforms for Andes RISC-V Cores

Imperas Provides Virtual Prototype Software Solutions and Models for V5 AndesCoreTM N25 and NX25 Processors

Oxford, United Kingdom, November 20th, 2017 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms, and Andes Technology Corporation, today announced their partnership to provide Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) models, virtual platforms and software solutions for Andes next-generation processors, based on the RISC-V architecture.

The momentum for RISC-V is accelerating, and Andes is the first established CPU intellectual property (IP) vendor to offer a RISC-V processor for licensing, delivering the V5 AndesCore™ N25 and NX25 IPs.  Andes designs low-power CPU cores for a full range of embedded electronics products, including low-cost embedded applications, data centers, connected, smart and green applications, machine-learning accelerators, communications, security, IoT, and consumer applications.

Andes partners with EDA tool vendors for more RISC-V SoC support

Andes Technology

Andes partners with EDA tool vendors for more RISC-V SoC support

Andes Technology announces its partnership with several tools vendors including Imperas, Lauterbach, Mentor, a Siemens Business, and UltraSoC to bring their system-on-chip (SoC) development environments to Andes V5 processors and the RISC-V community.

To read the Andes press release, click here.

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How To Handle Concurrency

Semiconductor Engineering

How To Handle Concurrency.

The recent article in Semiconductor Engineering by Brian Bailey on Handling Concurrency, includes discussion from Simon Davidmann of Imperas.

System complexity is skyrocketing. The evolution of processing architectures has solved many problems within a chip, but for each problem solved another one was created. Concurrency is one of those issues, and it has been getting much more attention lately.

To read the article, click here.

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