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Newly Revealed RISC-V Vector Unit Could Be Used for AI, HPC, GPU Applications | Anton Shilov, Tom’s Hardware

By June 5, 2023June 12th, 2023No Comments

Semidynamics announces high-performance RISC-V IP.

Semidynamics has introduced one of the industry’s first RISC-V vector units that could be used for highly parallel processors, such as those used for artificial intelligence (AI), high-performance computing (HPC), and even graphics processing if equipped with appropriate special-purpose IP. The announcement marks an important milestone in the development of the RISC-V ecosystem.

Semidynamics’ vector unit is fully compatible with the RISC-V Vector Specification 1.0 and offers a plethora of additional, adaptable features that enhance its data processing capabilities. The VU is made up of several ‘vector cores’, which are comparable to GPU cores from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia, and are designed to execute multiple computations simultaneously. Each vector core is equipped with arithmetic units that can perform operations such as addition, subtraction, fused multiply-add, division, square root, and logical operations.

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