Electronics Weekly Article: RISC-V Processor Trace IP Available

The open-source RISC-V processor architecture is getting a trace function through an IP (intellectual property) block from Cambridge-based UltraSoC.It supports both 32 and 64-bit RISC-V designs, and is intended to integrate with the firms other RISC-V offerings. “The addition of trace capabilities means that UltraSoC provides the most comprehensive RISC-V commercial debug solution,” claimed the firm.RISC-V processor vendors Andes, Codasip, Microsemi, Roa Logic, SiFive and Syntacore are backing the trace…

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EENews Europe Article: Codasip’s Studio: 7th Edition For The Easy Configuration Of RISC-V Processors

Studio 7 can be used for processor prototyping for a specific application domain, fast design space exploration, or the development of custom extensions using Codasip’s architecture description CodAL language.The tool then generates hardware and corresponding SDKs that are aware of the custom extensions, including Verilog or VHDL RTL and System Verilog UVM environments, testbenches and synthesis scripts, full compiler toolchain including advanced profiling and debugging tools, and both cycle-accurate and…

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Codasip Announces Studio 7, Design and Productivity Tools for Rapid Generation of RISC-V Processors

Codasip, the leading supplier of RISC-V® embedded processor IP, today announced that it has launched the 7th generation of its Studio, the unique IP-design and customization software that allows for fast configuration and optimization of RISCV processors, customer-proprietary processor architectures, and their accompanying software development toolchains.https://www.codasip.com/2018/01/23/codasip-announces-studio-7/ 

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Barron’s Article: Nvidia, Western Digital At Chips’ Frontier

Gary Mobley, chip analyst with The Benchmark Company, this afternoon held a fascinating conference call concerning one of the most intriguing discussions going on in semiconductors today: RISC-V.That is the name of a non-profit foundation founded by U.C. Berkeley professor David Patterson and his team to create one single “instruction set architecture” that can be used across all manner of chips, from the humblest embedded part on up to big…

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Semiconductor Engineering Article: Predictions: Manufacturing, Devices And Companies

RISC-V surprised many during 2017. Can it continue? “In 2018, the semiconductor industry will continue to see strong demand for products in new, innovative applications and implementations of free, open architecture design,” says Rick O’Connor, executive director of the RISC-V Foundation. “We’ll see companies leverage open-source architectures for Artificial Intelligence and machine learning applications – such as voice-based services, which are reshaping the way we get information, and autonomous vehicles, which are revolutionizing transportation…

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Microsemi Announces Its Entire Product Portfolio Is Unaffected By Spectre And Meltdown Vulnerabilities

Microsemi Corporation (Nasdaq: MSCC), a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced its products, including its field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), are not affected by the recently identified security flaws associated with the use of x86 and ARM® and a number of other processors. The announcement comes as security researchers recently revealed major computer chip vulnerabilities, called Spectre and Meltdown, in chips—affecting billions…

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Electronics Weekly Article: Microsemi Products Free From Spectre And Meltdown Vulnerabilities

“As a leader in security, we strive to ensure our products are immune to both existing and potential new threats or vulnerabilities,” says Microsemi CTO Jim Aralis, “as soon as news broke about Meltdown and Spectre, Microsemi immediately assessed its existing products with thorough analysis of the architecture and intellectual property (IP) blocks with its internal security experts. The assessment clearly concluded that none of the processor cores embedded with…

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EE Journal Article: The Bisquick Alternative

“Our vision is to enable two guys in a garage to build a custom chip.” Thus spake Jack Kang, Vice President of SiFive, the 40-person startup making RISC-V chips. SiFive isn’t just another company pulling the RISC-V bandwagon. They’re trying to change the way we create SoCs. The au courant open-source processor design is just a means to that end.Like Esperanto, SiFive is quite happy using RISC-V as the basis for…

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eeNews Europe: Dresden Firm Takes FDSOI Down To 0.4V

The IP is available through makeChip, Racyics’ hosted design service platform targeted at startups, small companies, research institutes and universities.Racyics has executed power-performance-area (PPA) studies for both Cortex and RISC-V based microcontrollers (MCUs) operating at supply voltages down to 0.4V on 22FDX and in Decmeber 2017 it taped out a Cortex-based test chip for silicon validation of its adaptive body bias (ABB) design approach and to show the potential for…

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AB Open Article: Future Ships Avalanche FPGA Dev Board With RISC-V Core

“The Avalanche board is the newest addition to our family of development boards. Avalanche is the lowest cost board available in the market for this innovative PolarFire technology,” claims Future Electronics’ Martin Bernier of the release. “We believe industrial, medical, defense and communication customers will be excited about PolarFire FPGA’s ability to deliver up to 50 percent lower power than other mid-range density devices.”Featuring 300,000 logic element (LE) FPGA, Wi-Fi,…

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