Embedded World 2023 showed great momentum for RISC-V. Across the show, our members were demonstrating new technologies and developing new relationships, bringing RISC-V to a wider range of markets and applications.
The RISC-V stand in Hall 4A featured 8 demo kiosks, where our sponsoring members showcased their latest technologies.
Andes Technology were showing their AndesCore N25F-SE, aimed at Automotive applications. On stand they reported growing momentum for RISC-V in automotive, with lots of customers looking for an alternative to the current solutions in the market. Embedded Computing Design were also impressed, awarding Andes a Best in Show award for Processing and IP for the N25F-SE.
Canonical demonstrated their support of RISC-V as a Tier-1 architecture for Ubuntu Linux. They have images available for popular RISC-V development boards, which you just copy to an SD card and you’re ready to boot! 93% of Linux packages are currently available, with programming support for RUST, Python, Node.JS, Java, Go and C. Docker containers are also supported and the distribution can run Gnome and KDE desktop environments. Ubuntu Core is built on containers with every application running in a sandbox, called a Snap, Application developers can access a marketplace of software components delivered as Snaps.
Codeplay were talking about oneAPI based on SYCL, a Khronos open standard programming environment. oneAPI is a cross-industry, open, standards-based unified programming model that delivers a common developer experience across accelerator architectures. Developers of RISC-V based applications including custom instructions and proprietary extensions can easily integrate into the oneAPI ecosystem. Codeplay are seeing fantastic interest in a range of RISC-V applications, from datacenter to smart watches, with developers appreciating the control and freedom that RISC-V gives them.
CloudBEAR showed their RISC-V based IP cores which address a range of applications. The BM series target microcontroller applications, the BR series are embedded cores, while the BI series address Linux based applications. CloudBEAR report that everyone is looking for RISC-V silicon, in a diverse range of applications including industrial, motor control, secure boot.
Imperas were demoing how their technologies can help with software development and SoC verification. RISC-V is enabling more companies to move from SoC design to developing their own CPUs for the first time, but this presents a new verification challenge which requires more verification engineers relative to design engineers. Imperas DV helps with this load, with tooling and test suites that make the challenge a lot easier, and a golden design reference model to check your design against. Imperas also announced a collaboration with MIPS and Ashling to accelerate all aspects of RISC-V software development for advanced processor applications.
MachineWare received a lot of interest in their demonstration running Android 12 on their RISC-V simulator, SIM-V. SIM-V enables the development and testing of software without a development board, and for applications in the embedded space, SIM-V simulates a lot of I/O subsystems that people are familiar with. MachineWare were also receiving a lot of interest from professors, who wanted to use SIM-V in their teaching, introducing a new generation of engineers to RISC-V!
MIPS were named winner of the SoC/IP/IC Design category at Embedded World for their eVocore (™) P8700 core. It delivers outstanding computational throughput and can scale up to 64 clusters, 512 cores and 1,024 harts/threads. MIPS see a large range of opportunities for RISC-V-based processing from the datacenter to automotive, where Mobileye are using MIPS to deliver multi-core, multi-cluster high performance with safety.
Syntacore showed their RISC-V based IP cores, targeting a wide range of applications from edge to HPC. They saw a lot of excitement around RISC-V from the conversations they had on stand, with special interest in automotive and security topics.
The RISC-V stand also featured a demo theatre where visitors could listen to each of our sponsors outline their technologies. As well as the booth sponsors, we welcomed three other members of our community to the demo theatre.
Green Hills Software discussed RISC-V adoption in time-critical and safety certified applications and how their mature and proven software solutions can enable efficient and cost effective deployment.
Tiempo Secure outlined their new generation of secure IP based on the RISC-V ISA. Their TESIC Secure Enclave is certified to the highest standards in the industry and is ready to support advanced applications like iSIM, Digital Identity and Crypto Currency.
ZAYA were also talking security, their RISC-V Security Monitor provides a rich TEE(Trusted Execution Environment) for RISC-V MCUs that do not even have built-in HW Security Peripherals. They also discussed their Containerisation technology for MMU-less RISC-V Microcontrollers, offering a secure, isolated, deployment-friendly and rich development environment for end-user application and Microservice development.
Embedded World 2023 was an amazing show, with more and more people looking to find out more about RISC-V, and how the power of open collaboration can enable new levels of innovation across every application area. We can’t wait for next year!