KIPOST Article: Received Orders For 101 SiFive And RISC-V Processor Cores

SiFive has won the 101st semiconductor design award for open source hardware instruction set architecture (ISA) ‘RISC-V’.

ISA is the lowest level programming interface for machine instructions that a microprocessor can recognize and understand. A physical implementation of this is called a microarchitecture. With open source ISA, core processors can be designed based on the desired architecture specifications without paying for expensive licensing or royalties.

SiFive is a company founded by UC Berkeley University researchers who developed the open source ISA ‘RISC-V’ and helps customers quickly design semiconductors to take advantage of the RISC-V architecture. Once the customer sets the specification, SiFive will go through the design with RISC-V and license it to the customer.

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