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In the News Article: Linux Boots On New “Shakti” RISC-V Chip

By August 1, 2018May 12th, 2021No Comments

The Shakti project, based at IIT Madras, has booted Linux on its first RISC-V processor. The 22nm FinFET fabricated, 400MHz Shakti chip can run at 1.67 DMIPS/MHz.

Shakti — the Hindu goddess who personifies creative power — has been enlisted in a variety of creative enterprises, including Unilever’s Project Shakti NGO for empowering rural Indian women. Now Shakti is turning her attentions to tech where the name has been adopted for a Chennai, India based RISC-V chip development project hosted by the Indian government backed Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). The Shakti Processor Project has just announced that it has successfully booted Linux on its first taped RISC-V processor.
The Shakti project appears to be the second project to successfully boot Linux on a RISC-V processor, following SiFive, which is now shipping its Linux-friendly Freedom U540 processor on a HiFive Unleashed development board. Like SiFive, most other RISC-V projects are focusing on microcontroller unit (MCU) level RISC-V chip for IoT that do not run Linux.
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