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SiFive, Nvidia Partner for RISC-V, NVDLA Edge AI SoC

RISC-V pioneer SiFive has announced a partnership with graphics and Arm-based processor giant Nvidia to integrate the former’s RISC-V core intellectual property with the latter’s deep-learning acceleration IP in a single high-performance system-on-chip (SoC) design. “Nvidia open sourced its NVDLA [Nvidia Deep Learning Architecture] architecture to drive the adoption of… Read More
Bluespec Piccolo Block Diagram

Bluespec Releases Apache-Licensed Piccolo RISC-V Core

Massachusetts-based Bluespec, a founding member of the RISC-V Foundation, has released the first entry in its open-source RISC-V processor family: the 32-bit three-stage Piccolo. Designed, the company explains, for Internet of Things (IoT) and other embedded uses, the small-footprint Piccolo design uses the 32-bit RV32IM variant of the open RISC-V… Read More
Fadu Annapurna SSD Controller

Fadu Announces World’s First RISC-V SSD, Controller

Fadu, a fabless semiconductor company specialising in the memory and storage markets, has announced the launch of the world’s first RISC-V based solid state drive (SSD) controller, the Annapurna, based on SiFive’s E51 multi-core IP. Beating Western Digital, which announced its own plans to switch from proprietary instruction set architectures… Read More
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Rattled Arm Launches Anti-RISC-V Marketing Campaign

The growing impetus behind the free and open source silicon (FOSSi) RISC-V project appears to have industry incumbents rattled, with Arm launching an aggressive marketing campaign which attempts to sow the seeds of doubt in engineers’ minds about the ISA’s benefits versus Arm’s own proprietary intellectual property (IP). Following the… Read More