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Data Center Knowledge Article: Companies Pushing Open Source RISC-V Silicon Out To The Edge

By May 28, 2019May 12th, 2021No Comments

In 2018, the open source instruction set architecture RISC-V emerged as a force to reckon with in the hard-to-crack silicon market. The ball got started early last year, when SiFive, a Silicon Valley startup built around the open silicon design, quickly sold out on a limited run of a single-board computer for RISC-V developers, HiFive Unleased, that it offered on a crowdfunding site for the premium price of $999 apiece, resulting in gross sales of $143,700.
That was followed by an announcement a month later that the hard-drive maker Western Digital, had signed a multi-year license for SiFive’s Freedom Platform and become an investor in the company.
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