RISC-V Ecosystem News

A New Blueprint For Microprocessors Challenges The Industry’s Giants | The Economist

Most microprocessors—the chips that do the grunt work in computers—are built around designs, known as instruction-set architectures (isas), which are owned either by Intel, an American giant, or by Arm, a Japanese one. Intel’s isas power desktop computers, servers and laptops. Arm’s power phones, watches and other mobile devices. Together, these two firms dominate the market. Almost every one of the 5.1bn mobile phones on the planet, for example, relies on…

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PicoLibC Is A Lightweight C Library For Embedded Systems | Siji Sunny, CNX Software

Well-known developer,  Keith Packard has recently announced the launch of “picolibc” through his blog.  Picolibc is a C Library for embedded systems which  is suitable for small micro-controllers, and this standard C library API’s allows to run even in low memory (RAM) devices. This is an upgraded version of “newlib-nano” with few interesting changes which includes replacement of “stdio” lib with ATMEL-specific printf code adopted from avrlibc. As part of this…

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RISC-V Foundation Announces Security-Focused Soft-Core CPU Contest Winners | Gareth Halfacree, ABOpen

The RISC-V Foundation has announced the winners of its RISC-V Soft CPU Contest, launched back in July with a view to promoting security-focused RISC-V implementations.“With the proliferation of connected devices, security is one of the key challenges in hardware design. The free and open RISC-V ISA presents an incredible opportunity for the ecosystem to collaborate to develop more robust solutions for the growing security demands of today and the future,” said RISC-V…

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SiFive Extends Portfolio With 7 Series RISC-V Cores | Camille Kokozaki, Semi Wiki

At the recent Linley Fall Processor Conference in Santa Clara, Jack Kang, SiFive’s VP of Product Marketing introduced SiFive’s Core IP 7 Series.Designed to power devices requiring Embedded IntelligenceandIntelligence Everywhere,the cores allow scalability, efficient performance and customization. The Core IP 7 Series is suited for use in consumer devices (AR/VR gaming, wearables), storage and networking (5G, SSD, SAN, NAS) and AI/ML/edge (sensor hubs, gateways, IoT, autonomous machines).article: https://semiwiki.com/semiconductor-ip/sifive/7840-sifive-extends-portfolio-with-7-series-risc-v-cores/

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Andes Technology and Tiempo Secure Announce Strategic Partnership To Enhance RISC-V Platform Security Up To CC EAL5+ Certification | Andes Technology

HSINCHU (Taiwan) and GRENOBLE (France) , October 1st, 2019 Andes Technology Corporation, a leading supplier of outstanding efficiency, low-power, high performance 32/64-bit embedded CPU cores, including a broad family of RISC-V cores, has entered into a strategic partnership with Tiempo Secure, a unique supplier of ISO/IEC 15408 standard CC (Common Criteria) EAL5+ (Evaluation Assurance Level) grade secure element IP, to bring the RISC-V based security solution up to CC EAL5+ certification.article: https://www.andestech.com/en/2019/10/01/andes-technology-and-tiempo-secure-announce-strategic-partnership-to-enhance-risc-v-platform-security-up-to-cc-eal5-certification/

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Chinese Memory, Kioxia, Micron, Xilinx And SDC | Tom Coughlin, Forbes

At the 2019 SDC Steffen Hellmold from Western Digital spoke about Zoned Namespace memory (also a topic of other talks and exhibits at the show).  He pointed out that much of future data center storage will be on shingled hard disk drives and that these HDDs consist of zones in which the written tracks are overlapped and within each zone only sequential writes are allowed.  Similarly, NAND die are composed of erase…

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RISC-V Day: Trinamic Rocinante Motor Drive | Steve Bush, Electronics Weekly

At the London ‘Getting started with Risc-V’ seminar last week, Onno Martens of German motor drive chip firm Trinamic described why it had chosen Risc-V over other processor architectures for Rocinante sub-kW 60V field-oriented motor control silicon. article: https://www.electronicsweekly.com/news/products/micros/risc-v-day-trinamic-rocinante-motor-drive-2019-10/

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