SiFive, the leading provider of commercial RISC-V processor IP, today announced that Intel Capital participated in its recent Series C funding round. The investment was revealed at the Intel Capital Global Summit, at which SiFive CEO Naveed Sherwani pushed for the democratization of the semiconductor industry.
SiFive’s hardware designs leverage the body of software and tools available from the open-source community under the guidance of the RISC-V Foundation, dramatically reducing the cost of developing custom silicon. RISC-V was born from the dire need to address the skyrocketing cost of designing and manufacturing increasingly complex new chip architectures. System designers can use the SiFive Freedom platforms and DesignShare catalog to focus on their own differentiated processor without having the overhead of developing a modern SoC, fabric or software infrastructure.