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Calling an open-source processor free isn’t quite accurate.

The RISC-V Foundation               MIPS Open

 

Open source processors are rapidly gaining mindshare, fueled in part by early successes of RISC-V, but that interest frequently is accompanied by misinformation based on wishful…

EETimes

 

Zurich – Over the last year or so, we’ve heard many times that ‘this is the moment for RISC-V’. So, this week, I attended the RISC-V workshop in Zurich to get an idea of where it really is at right now. The conclusion: while there is still a lot of background work to be done for RISC-V to go mainstream, the signs are that all the triggers to make it happen are now gradually being released.

The biggest challenge is that RISC-V is still perceived as a hobbyist architecture, and this makes it difficult for mainstream companies to adopt, unless it has deep…

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At each new process node, gates are free. That opens the door to a lot more IP blocks, and a lot of new challenges.

Driven by each successive generation of semiconductor manufacturing technology, complexity has reached dizzying levels. Every part of the design, verification and manufacturing is more complicated and intense the more transistors are able to be packed onto a die. For these reasons, the entire system must be taken into consideration as a whole…..

To read the article by Ann Mutschler, click…

 

These eight companies are developing their own RISC-V technologies and are committing to helping third parties do the same to help push adoption of the open-source chip architecture.

     Design News            The RISC-V Foundation

 

RISC-V (pronounced “risk five”), the open-source architecture for chip design, has been making a lot of noise in the past few years. The open source nature of RISC-V promises…

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The road to optimized tradeoff automation is long. Changing attributes along the way can make it even more difficult.

Complexity challenges long-held assumptions. In the past, the semiconductor industry thought it understood performance/area tradeoffs, but over time it became clear this is not so simple. Measuring performance is no longer an absolute. Power has many dimensions including peak, average, total energy and heat, and power and function are tied together.

Design teams are now dealing with the implication of safety and security, which have considerable impact on power/…

Highlights of the inaugural Verification 3.0 Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley March 2019.

Verification 3.0 Innovation Summit        Verification 3.0: Grab Your Surfboards, the Next Big Wave is Coming

I’m that rare person, a native (even second generation) Californian, and grew up going to the Southern California beaches during the summers. I earned my Red Cross…

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Showing that a processor core adheres to a specification becomes more difficult when the specification is extensible.

https://semiengineering.com/toward-risc-v-compliance/

The open-standard RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA) continues to gain momentum, but the flexibility of RISC-V creates a problem—how do you know if a RISC-V implementation fits basic standards and can play well with other implementations so they all can run the…

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Experts at the Table: While attention is being paid to security in IoT devices, still more must be done.

 

Semiconductor Engineering sat down with Chris Jones, vice president of marketing at Codasip; Martin Croome, vice president of business development at GreenWaves Technologies; Kevin McDermott, vice president of marketing at Imperas; Scot Morrison, general manager, embedded platform technology at Mentor, a Siemens Business; Lauri Koskinen, CTO at Minima; and Mike Borza, principal security technologist at Synopsys. What follows are excerpts of that discussion…..

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Bernard Murphy of SemiWiki is becoming more interested in developments in the RISC-V industry and has talked with Krste Asanovic of UCB and SiFive and with Imperas.

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Compliance to the open-ISA standard is a big issue and Bernard talked with Kevin McDermott (VP Marketing at Imperas) to explore what is needed. Imperas' new free ISS, riscvOVPsim, a RISC-V compliance simulator is discussed.