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RISC-V is an open standard Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) enabling a new era of processor innovation through open collaboration

RISC-V enables the community to share technical investment, contribute to the strategic future, create more rapidly, enjoy unprecedented design freedom, and substantially reduce the cost of innovation

RISC-V International is the global non-profit home of the open standard RISC-V Instruction Set Architecture (ISA), related specifications, and stakeholder community

3,950 RISC-V members across 70 countries contribute and collaborate to define RISC-V open specifications as well as convene and govern related technical, industry, domain, and special interest groups.

RISC-V combines a modular technical approach with an open, royalty-free ISA — meaning that anyone, anywhere can benefit from the IP contributed and produced by RISC-V. As a non-profit, RISC-V does not maintain any commercial interest in products or services. As an open standard, anyone may leverage RISC-V as a building block in their open or proprietary solutions and services.

RISC-V does not take a political position on behalf of any geography. We are proud to see organizations from around the world working together in this new era of processor innovation. RISC-V was founded in 2015 as the RISC-V Foundation and is incorporated today as RISC-V International Association in Switzerland.

Understanding the RISC-V ISA Open Standard

At the base level, the RISC-V ISA and extensions ratified by RISC-V International are royalty free and open base building blocks for anyone to build their own solutions and services on. The RISC-V ISA and ratified extensions are provided under globally accepted open licenses that are permanently open and remain available for all.

Beyond RISC-V International, the community has opportunity to provide their own free or proprietary IP, implementations, solutions, and services for which RISC-V has no commercial or governance interest.

RISC-V International is wholly committed to design freedom, choice, and flexibility, and supports open architecture extensions to the RISC-V ISA. We do not support work on alternative versions of the RISC-V ISA.

Open source and global standards have a long history of success because they have a license framework that ensures anyone, anywhere can have ongoing access to them.

RISC-V Introduction

Learn about RISC-V, our progress, the community, membership programs, and how you can get involved.


RISC-V Open Era of Computing

Calista Redmond covers RISC-V progress, where we are, and where we are going.


RISC-V Member Benefits

RISC-V has member benefits in the Technical, Visibility, and Advocacy and Alliances.

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RISC-V International Governance

RISC-V International is governed by its Board of Directors. The Board is composed of Directors elected to represent all classes of membership to ensure we offer a strategic voice as all levels. In addition, the Technical Steering Committee (TSC) provides leadership to our technical initiatives in setting long term strategy, forming tactical committees and work groups, and approving technical deliverables for ratification or release. RISC-V International also supports and drives ad hoc and standing groups to pursue specific industry, geographic, and strategic interest through a variety of constructs. Our aim is to guide and facilitate the broadest and most effective collaboration for the benefit of our member community.

Stay Connected With RISC-V

We send occasional news about RISC-V technical progress, news, and events.