As if Intel testing the RISC-V waters wasn’t news in itself, the semiconductor behemoth’s Intel Pathfinder for RISC-V initiative is now making the headlines. RISC-V is an open standard instruction set architecture (ISA) that offers chip developers the freedom to configure a custom processor with standard extensions and configuration options.
Vijay Krishnan, general manager of RISC-V Ventures at Intel, acknowledges that the adoption of RISC-V is at an inflection point across multiple markets and applications. Intel, which spearheads the x86 ISA world, has been proactive in the RISC-V space for quite some time. Now, its Pathfinder platform is promising to bolster the RISC-V design ecosystem for developing and prototyping chip designs with robust software and industry-standard toolchains.