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Bit-tech Article: Nvidia, AdaCore Partnership Telegraphs RISC-V Shift

By February 6, 2019No Comments

Nvidia is getting more deeply involved with the open RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), following a partnership with AdaCore which will see it migrate ‘some system-on-a-chip products lines’ away from proprietary ISAs.
Nvidia has been working with the RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), developed in 2010 at the University of California, Berkeley, as a completely free and open alternative to proprietary ISAs in everything from microcontrollers to supercomputers. Nvidia is a platinum-level founding member of the RISC-V Foundation and has publicly commented on its work to shift to RISC-V for the logic processing in its graphics products. Now, the company appears to be going a step further with a partnership that will see it migrate system-on-chip (SoC) products to RISC-V as well.
Nvidia’s partnership with fellow RISC-V Foundation member AdaCore concentrates primarily on the use of the Ada programming language, alongside high-integrity variant Spark, to rewrite firmware used in autonomous vehicle and other safety- and security-critical platforms to improve their robustness.
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