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RISC-V: Opening A New Era Of Innovation For Embedded Design

By June 28, 2018May 12th, 2021No Comments

In this article Ted Marena from Microsemi explores the benefits behind RISC-V’s open-source hardware model, discussing it’s longevity, portability, and reliability.
The momentum behind RISC-V for embedded applications is undeniable. Today, the RISC-V Foundation has over 100 companies behind the free and open RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), and its membership is growing rapidly as more tools, software, hardware, and operating system vendors jump on board. With its expanding ecosystem, RISC-V gives both software and hardware designers a convincing alternative to incumbent embedded processors, sparking a new era in processor innovation in embedded designs as adoption grows.
Reasons behind RISC-V unlocking a new era boil down to three key factors: longevity, portability, and reliability. All three reasons are tied to what makes RISC-V especially compelling. Unlike the already established processor architectures, which often add instructions with each generation, designers can rely on a fixed ISA with RISC-V, ensuring the longevity of their software investments. This longevity is particularly beneficial for embedded applications where functional safety, certification, and long product life cycles are important.
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