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Bit-tech Article: Synaptics Announces Shift To RISC-V Processors

By April 12, 2019May 12th, 2021No Comments

Synaptics, best known for making the touchpads which grace the overwhelming majority of the world’s laptops, has become the latest big-name company to telegraph a move to the burgeoning RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA), in partnership with SiFive.
Designed to offer an open alternative to proprietary instruction set architectures (ISAs) in fields as diverse as ultra-low power embedded and high-performance compute, the permissively-licensed RISC-V is drawing considerable attention of late. As well as various startups and academic efforts, some major companies – Nvidia and Western Digital among them – have either begun to ship or announced they are planning to ship products which feature RISC-V cores.
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