Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in virtual platforms and high-performance software simulation, today announced that Andes Technology Corp., a leading supplier of performance-efficient and extensible 32/64-bit RISC-V CPU cores and a Founding Premier member of the RISC-V International Association, has certified the Imperas reference models for the complete range of Andes IP cores with the new RISC-V P extension. Developers can now use the Imperas reference models to evaluate multicore design configuration options for SoC architecture exploration.
The open standard RISC-V ISA (Instruction Set Architecture) has a modular structure based on multiple independent extensions that offer dedicated and enhanced functionality to optimize a processor for the target application. The new SIMD/DSP extension, designated as ‘P’ in the specification description, supports efficient data processing applications and real-time requirements. The RISC-V International P Extension Task Group is in the final stages of submitting the specification to the official ratification process, which is expected to be completed within H2 2021.