EE World Article: Why RISC-V Is Becoming More And More Popular

EE World interviewed RISC-V Executive Director, Rick O’Connor, to discuss the growth of the RISC-V Foundation, increased RISC-V brand awareness in China and plans for 2018. Please see an excerpt from the article below:Recently, The Information reported that close to 80 technology companies  have joined the open source RISC-V alliance to develop new technologies including autopilot.RISC-V is based on an open source instruction set architecture based on established Reduced Instruction Set (RISC)…

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TechCrunch Article: SiFive Gets $50.6M To Help Companies Get Their Custom Chip Designs Out The Door

With the race to next-generation silicon in full swing, the waterfall of venture money flowing into custom silicon startups is already showing an enormous amount of potential for some more flexible hardware for an increasingly changing technology landscape — and Naveed Sherwani hopes to tap that for everyone else.That’s the premise of SiFive, a startup that’s designed to help entrepreneurs — or any company — come up with a custom designed…

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Amelia Dalton’s Fish Fry Podcast (EE Journal): RISC-V And The New Frontier Of Microprocessors

What has RISC-V done for you lately? In this week’s episode of Fish Fry, we chat with Rick O’Connor (executive director of the RISC-V Foundation) about the history of RISC-V, the evolution of the standards being developed within the foundation, and why Rick thinks that RISC-V is the most interesting thing to happen in the microprocessors in the last decade. Also this week, we investigate a new galaxy discovered by…

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EE Journal Article: Fifty (Or Sixty) Years Of Processor Development…For This?

Dr. David Patterson quick-marched an audience of about 200 pizza-sated engineers through a half-century of computer design on March 15. He spoke from the podium in a large conference room in building E at Texas Instruments’ Santa Clara campus during an IEEE talk titled “50 Years of Computer Architecture: From Mainframe CPUs to DNN TPUs and Open RISC-V.” It’s a history of accidental successes and potholes, sinkholes, and black holes…

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KCBS Interview: David Patterson Interview

UC Berkeley professor emeritus David Patterson shares this year’s Turing Award (often called the “Nobel Prize of Computing”) with his longtime collaborator, former Stanford University President John Hennessy. The two developed and popularized the idea of “reduced instruction set computing” in the 1980’s. RISC chips are now ubiquitous. Patterson spoke with KCBS Radio anchors Stan Bunger and Holly Quan.To listen to the full interview, visit here: https://omny.fm/shows/kcbsam-on-demand/david-patterson-interview

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WIRED Article: ‘Computing’s Nobel Prize” Winners Paved The Way To Smartphone Chips

As a young computer-science professor at Stanford in the early 1980s, John Hennessy helped pioneer a new computing concept called RISC, for “reduced instruction set computer.” He expected others to see the value of the idea and commercialize it. When no one did, Hennessy started a company called MIPS.“We never intended to be entrepreneurs,” Hennessy says. “I thought what we were doing was so compelling our friends in industry would implement…

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CNET Article: RISC Reward: Turing Award Goes To Computer Chip Inventors

Dave Patterson and John Hennessy, two San Francisco Bay Area professors now associated with Google, have won the computing industry’s top prize for revolutionizing processors with a technology called RISC. The pair won the 2017 A.M. Turing Award from the Association for Computing Machinery, a $1 million prize named after the British researcher who famously helped crack German Enigma codes in World War II and lay the foundations of computer science. The high-prestige award is…

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New York Times Article: Computer Chip Visionaries Win Turing Award

 In 1980, Dave Patterson, a computer science professor, looked at the future of the world’s digital machines and saw their limits. With an academic paper published that October, he argued that the silicon chips at the heart of these machines were growing more complex with each passing year. But the machines, he argued, could become more powerful if they used a simpler type of computer chip. This counterintuitive idea spread across Silicon…

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The Register Article: Google Gives Its $1m Turing Prize To, Er, Top Google Bods: RISC Men Hennessy, Patterson

The two engineers who further developed and popularized the concept of RISC microprocessors have won the 2017 ACM Turing Award.Professors John Hennessy and David Patterson were today announcedas this year’s (or last year’s, if you want to be particular about it) winners of the prestigious honor named after Brit super-boffin Alan Turing.They’ll get to split a $1m prize, courtesy of Google. Hennessy happens to be the executive chairman of Google parent Alphabet, and…

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